Statement

 Panthera Atrox working model for upcoming show at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (September 2019)

Panthera Atrox working model for upcoming show at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (September 2019)

 

I work with recycled plastics and light to address environmental issues in illuminated site-responsive sculptures, and installations, often paired with preparatory drawings on paper. My process involves extensive research into animal gesture and anatomy, place and history, and developments in science and technology. Using mostly translucent recycled plastics, my artwork combines well-crafted anatomical accuracy with a hand-built aesthetic. Wires connecting the LEDS are visible on the works, adding an element of contour line that is repeated in the drawings that often accompany my installations.  I see the animals I portray as surrogates for human experience, and the plastic materials they are made from draw attention to the petrochemicals that contribute to climate change, species extinction, and ecological devastation. My goal is to both seduce and unsettle the viewer, prompting consideration of our shared responsibility for the natural world.