Ground #1. Jacquard-woven textile and wood (detail). 76" x 49". 2022
In an era where we feel increasingly displaced from the natural world, due to polarizing ecological rhetoric or the ever-encroaching role technology plays in our daily experiences, I believe there exists a need for the unreal, the unseen. This is not a call for fantasy, but rather a radical restructuring and reevaluation of the world around us. We can no longer treat images as mere facsimiles, or the physical world as infallible verity. One needs to simply turn on the news and switch between channels to experience alternate realities. My preferred arena is one of contradictions, where time, space, and history blur to reveal something mystical at the edge of preconception. Through provisional objects, prognosticated futures, and hypothetical apocalypses, I pull together desperate elements of our post-truth, hyper-technological world to build uncanny narratives that are neither completely factual nor total fabrications. Gleaning from Science-Fiction, doomsday prepping manuals, and environmental disaster sites, I blend these elements into crypto-documentarian objects and ephemera. I prefer to work with the same interdisciplinary fluidity as my research, shifting between digital modeling and A.I. generated imagery to printmaking, painting, and photography. Digitally generated forests are burned into paper with a laser, geological surveys blend with poetry, a 3D scan from a smartphone evolves into camouflage we may need in a not-too-distant future. My goal is to put forth an eco-poetic vision of the future, an uncanny afterworld where nature and technology ebb and flow between one another.
Site 3 Exhibition at H&R Block Artspace with Kiosk Gallery in Kansas City (link in picture)