I am a Brooklyn-based visual artist. My paintings and sculptures explore several environmental themes, albeit in a non-linear, poetic way. These include human interference with nature, spectacular natural phenomena, and my own relationship to the word landscape.
Currently I am focusing on two bodies of art. The first is a body of sculptures created with repurposed materials, primarily drinking straws, addressing the negative effects of plastics on our ecosystem. The second is a body of landscape paintings created from my emotional and physical perspective as a long distance thru-hiker.
In the first body of work, while mulling over the damaging effects of plastics and consumer culture on the natural landscape, I imagine the scientific production of a landscape. As an artist playing the role of scientist, in these sculptures, the mysterious lab samples explode into synthetic wonderlands composed not only of repurposed drinking straws, but also of miscellaneous debris, including pvc pipes and multi-colored wires. Electric colored drinking straws, when cut or linked together, suggest slime tubes, coral and honeycombs. While calling attention to the negative effects of plastics on our ecosystem, with references to nature, these lab-scapes are a play on production, reproduction, and the spirit of growth.
The second body of work is inspired by hiking the entire two-thousand, six hundred and fifty three miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. As a bonus surprise, I found the meaning of life. The Pacific Crest Trail solo journey lasted from April to September. I knew I might fall prey to loneliness and hunger for human interaction. To prevent that from happening, I expressed my thoughts and ideas on 8 1/2 x 11” color-printed topographical maps. When I stopped in resupply towns, I sent these missives to people with meaningful roles in my life. They, in turn, sent me parallel maps of their respective thoughts and day. i also carried watercolors and a digital camera to further document my exploration into twin wilderness: of the Western United States and into my own psyche. By the time I concluded my hike, I had in hand a series of trail maps, watercolor studies, journal entries, and in-depth correspondence. These collected works inspired me to begin a series of oil paintings that, when completed, will offer a singular kind of Baedeker, updated for the 21st century, and homing in specifically on my emotional and physical odyssey.