Art making, like nature, acknowledges the creative process that is inherently generative, and yet, fraught with vulnerability. Familiar organic forms, whittled twigs and fallen branches, remind us of our human frailties. Much of my work appears to be simultaneously wounded and mended, alluding to the alchemical process of change in nature.
Found objects, become markers for time and place --scavenged bones, slabs of shale, and harvested branches, are all repurposed and given new form. Ephemeral materials, turmeric, tea, beeswax or shellac, saturate and patina the work, yet minimize the contribution to the toxic burden of the planet. Wool-tied boats and hammocks knitted from silken fibers, encourage contemplation of individual and collective narratives, and question, “how do we navigate a life that is suffused with suffering and loss”? Nests and bowers mimic sanctuary and provide a space for reflection. These archetypal images, embedded in our subconscious, are used as a means to reconnect, and reflect on universal themes of life, death and vulnerability.