A hunting term used to denote the process of removing internal organs from a carcass, field dressing is a means to preserve the desirable. It is a pragmatic ritual that sheds the burden of the unpredictable, sometimes volatile, components of the whole. I liken this practice to our consumer culture, as we continually obtain, discard and replace the material things that fill our lives. This project reimagines the purpose of the abandoned furniture found in South Bend as I assume the role of hunter and butcher in order to commodify the unwanted.
A synthetic landscape constructed from the things we leave behind, Scenic Viewpoint imagines our legacy as a consumerist society. Found materials are layered as geological strata to form structures resembling both natural land forms and architectural ruins. Throughout the lifespan of the installation, the work will be dismantled, repackaged and sold as a commodity.
ATLAS OF A DECONSTRUCTED ALBATROSS
In collaboration with Ursa Eyer, Atlas of a Deconstructed Albatross is an exploration of the interior of a living body overcome by synthetic waste. The installation tells a visual narrative as the material enters, flows within and exits it’s host.
As our synthetic waste continues to overcome the landscape, these works become the hides that are blanketing our environment. Made entirely from found materials, often found in forgotten places, the hides animate the abundance of our waste and it’s growing affect on our surroundings.
BELOW THE BRINE
Reimagines marine colonies in the wake of climate change.
FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER
In collaboration with Sarah Ball, this project explores the Industrial Canal, with its accompanying 9 bridges, in New Orleans, LA. Constructed as a shortcut for freight liners from the Mississippi River to Lake Ponchartrain, the Canal was initiated as an efficient solution for the city. In reality, the Canal divided the 9th Ward neighborhood, introduced saltwater into wetland waterways and increased the city’s vulnerability to flooding and storm surges. This project explores the volatility of the Canal as well as the bridges that attempt to reconnect the divided neighborhoods.
Ways of sketching and formulating ideas.
An exploration of environmental mutations over time.