I grew up in Iowa surrounded by rolling hills, flat prairies, and large farms. There I studied classical piano and chemistry while watching the corn grow in never-ending fields. My original environments were vast open spaces, dominated by the sky.
So, after arriving to Seattle, I discovered very quickly that the Pacific Northwest’s wild and active landscape would profoundly affect my work. Feeling the ground move below me, walking through the virgin forests, and swimming in the pacific ocean became my ‘trigger subjects’ The presence the environment invoked in my imagination moved me to explore the identities of space.
My work explores the idea of presence and the soul, not a strict chronology but a distilled essence, highlighting a spiritual dimension to put the human world into perspective.
I work in a variety of mediums to explore my ideas.
“We are gatherer and gathered. Building and unbuilding, we make and are unmade; giving birth and killing, we take hands and let go. Thinking human people and other animals, the plants, the rocks and stars, all the being that think or are thought, that are seen or see, that hold or are held, all of us are…dancing the same dance.” (Le Guin, “Always coming home”)
*the term ‘triggering subject’ was coined by Richard Hugo to describe the genesis or cause of inspiration.