STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

Standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon inspires a moment of geologic awe, but thinking about geologic deep time does not inspire that same awe. It’s difficult to comprehend a billion years; we use our bodies to make sense out of an enormous space, but when it comes to enormous lengths of time the only frames of reference that are available to us are our lifespan and our notion of generations. Things complicate when we talk about planetary change that happens over time. The hidden complexity of planetary change is extremely difficult to visualize because we don’t live at planetary scale, we live at local scale. The networked nature of climate change requires us to anchor parts of the problem onto discrete examples that illustrate the larger system. A plastic straw can collapse an ecosystem, not just in how we discard it, but also in everything it takes to produce and distribute it. To illuminate the hidden costs of modern society and to suggest new ways to collaborate with geologic forces, I find ways to compare our human systems (like supply chains) to geologic forces (like glaciers) to produce work that expands our ability to contemplate our role in planetary change. I operate across disciplines, seeking holism through art, anthropology, business, psychology, and the geosciences to unpack the interconnectedness of people, places and planetary change through sculpture, installation, performance, and land art to establish new frames of reference and to propose new forms of collaboration with the natural world.