While growing up in a rural farming community the passage of heirlooms and stewardship to the land was sewn within the social fabric in order to maintain a suitable environment. Daily practices were intertwined with stories of their origin, time-honored techniques, and chronologies whose pace was marked by the revolution of seasons or geological processes. The space afforded the freedom to edit or improvise within a framework, allowing for an examination of the foundational principles though measures of deviation were expected to be conservative and remain stable. As I moved through the world the dialogue from my upbringing was adapted to new spaces, using analogies from agriculture and conservation to interpret my surroundings that in turn examined my heritage from the new vantage point.
My work begins with images and objects familiar to me, cultivated from memories or common mythologies, layered with information from sources tempered by pragmatism and realism. Utilizing different methods of preservation, I select materials to mimic artifacts and relics, supporting the construction with ornamentation and spindly braces. Through text, imagery, and tools, I examine the way symbolic actions and regional memories shape identity. At times this leads me to juxtapose useful objects with residual effects that render them withered and depleted, their function as surrogates maintained by props from the communities that still depend on them.
Specifically, I aim to address the tensions that occur when our ideas are tested, modified, or seen to resist the evolving state of the world. I invite viewers to reflect on the artwork and the role of entropy so we may understand them as contributing factors, built upon intersecting layers of experience and chance, progressively interwoven to form a picture of today.