Artist Statement

Just as groups of people have been objectified throughout our human history, which has justified their extermination (as in the case of the holocaust), so too has nature been reduced to raw material for human culture. For change to be sustainable, it must first occur in the mind and heart. Thus my work raises more questions than answers, prompting my audience to dive deep and reconsider our relationship with one another and the non-human others with whom we share this fragile earth.

 

My work is informed by social and deep ecology and ecofeminism, which interrogate what has brought us to the Anthropocene epoch. This geologic designation reflects the lasting impact humans have had on the planet, altering the course of evolution in ways that will last tens of millions of years—a distinction formerly reserved for natural geologic events, such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. I derive courage from the civil rights, women’s and environmental struggles of the last century. I know change is possible from the bottom up, because those before me have done it. The aims of social and environmental justice drive me forward.

I work primarily in 2D media, using both tactile and digital formats. The form and media is chosen to best communicate the content. My roots are in painting, drawing, and printmaking, which I am returning to after a decade of digital explorations. My works are often composed into installations, where various visual elements dialog with one another. I also work in communities and with youth, reconnecting them to their local landscapes and waterways.  

Many of my works are collaborative, which allows me to expand my technical and conceptual scope. Beyond the practical, however, I collaborate to model what I believe is essential to our survival. As artist Sister Corita states in a print that I own: “We must either become a community or we will die.”