I experience landscape as a temporal palimpsest in which the natural and built overlap, ideologies conflict, and locational identity is inscribed. I create portraits of place where past, present, and future are confused through an intimate engagement with found artifacts, architecture, topography, and optical phenomena. Research and imagined histories merge to inspire a disjunctive narrative articulated through time-based media installations. My process utilizes digital and analog tools to create visual riddles, disrupting established modes of seeing while engaging more fundamental aspects of perception. Through disorientation my work operates at the edge of memory, activating a desire to know more.
My creative process is informed by a phenomenological reading of landscape. This perspective frames subjective experience as a partially projective act, where the observer and observed remain actively engaged in a reciprocal act of co-creation. My work explores this and other psychological aspects of perception as formative elements in our collective relationship to nature across time. The Western conception of landscape assumed a distance between civilization and nature, bringing an arrogant kind of control to the wild world just beyond the frame. In the age of the Anthropocene, where global warming threatens to collapse that supposed distance and its implied hierarchal order, I am driven by the opportunity to make work in the midst of shifting assumptions and paradigms. Ultimately, I'm encouraged by the potential for individual agency and collective power, and the transformative potential of art to hold space for both.