Tension: Control at the breaking point
Growing up in the soggy foothills of the Willamette Valley, I spent my childhood years exploring the natural world around me, and focusing on my role within it. My years at University of Oregon honed in my experiences and I began to use art to illuminate the tension between nature and humans. Using found materials I challenge the integrity of the materials within spatial boundaries. Whatever the material, I test it, searching for its limits with a structural balance, much like an explorer gingerly traversing a glacier in high summer. In using various materials and testing their limits, I toe boundaries; each project becomes an engineered experiment. Similarly, a stonefly's cocoon of sand and pebbles is fit for three years of tumultuous waters; the cocoon can fail and its components once again become part of the river, shedding light on connectedness and impermanence.
I house a studio in both the Willamette and Sacramento Valleys.