As a contemporary artist, my main interest is examining the multifaceted relationship of humans and the natural world. My creative process involves dissecting, reconstructing and amassing man-made and natural objects through sculpture and installation. The goal is to challenge the viewers’ perception of what is man-made and natural. Each work explores different facets of the human-nature relationship such as anthropogenic landscapes and genetically altered organisms. Living in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, I have witnessed the rapid growth of gas wells, mountaintop removal mining, mega warehouses, and commercial farms–which are a source of inspiration for my work.
As I investigate the coevolution of humans and their environment, my work faces tough questions. How is our relationship with the natural world positive, negative, or even neutral? How do we distinguish between what is man-made and natural? How do we see that distinction today? And how has history altered that distinction?
Individual Work Statements
Each artwork in the gallery below is accompanied by a statement about that artwork. To view the statement select the image and it will open in a pop up window with the statement listed below the image you selected.