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General Statement

Recent work uses found occurrences and materials, communicating poetically the destructive nature of thoughtless human actions. I collect video documentation of scenes in the world where nature and human-made interrupt each other, going where they “aren’t supposed to”. These videos act more as live photos with subtle movements in still shots bringing focus to things most would look over such as plastic bags caught in trees, or roadkill on the street. In physical form, I combine cut-out words from old magazines and books to form collage poetry.  The words brokenly express the frustration of our current dystopian-like time: what we are doing to nature and ourselves, the effects of the pandemic, as well as how digital media has absorbed and changed our culture. By bringing up these thoughts, the pieces in this collection challenge us to hopefully think a bit more, while having the occasional laugh.

Black Grass (2018)

Black Grass focuses on the abandoned remnants of humanity and the life that thrives without it in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The Zone is an area in a 30 km perimeter around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor where people are forbidden to enter without authorization and an escort due to the harmful levels of lingering radiation.

When I traveled to Chernobyl, Ukraine in May of 2016, it had been thirty years since the nuclear power plant exploded. Spring was just beginning, and green was erupting from unexpected places. I was awed by the vegetation’s ability to break through buildings and pavement; it seemed as though no material could stop it.  Thirty years without human influence turned a once populated city into a wildlife sanctuary. The exclusion zone was strangely one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited. I had the impression that there was no chance of encountering another human besides the few I came with.

This project ties into my previous work which brings to light consequences of people's thoughtless actions. Similar to the Titanic catastrophe, where excess and overconfidence in technology resulted in too few lifeboats being available for passengers, the Chernobyl disaster demonstrates the potential repercussions of humanity’s hubris.

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