Fall, 2016

A journey back to the wild, re-discovering the lost language of nature

For the past year and a half I’ve been working on a new series of mixed media paintings driven by my interest in paleontology, geology, and human-caused changes in biodiversity and weather patterns. The ice cores tell us we started altering the earth’s atmosphere around the time of the industrial revolution. At the same time we became more urbanized, and began losing our crucial connection to the land, water,  other animals, and weather. The confluence of these two inceptions is the source of our current ecological crisis.

In this work I’m using symbolic images of evolution, migration, geologic layers, mollusks, ancient marine life, birds, and humans to visually explore the loss of our relationship with our place in time.  This is a personal mythology that’s based on my love of the natural world, and concern for its future.

I start with experience, flashes of ideas, dim directions, then follow the materials. A trusting of ability, intuition and subconscious, distrusting of the editorial and conscious thought. A learning approach towards a real sense of things. This working process is like other parts of life, following the thread that doesn’t go in an easy or straight line. Layering, adding, subtracting. It’s a shuffle, an excavation, and a hope.