"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky / We fell them down and turn them into paper that we may record our emptiness". -Kahlil Gibran
My work investigates environmental destruction and our relationship to its effects, both physical and psychological. I strive to express a feeling of sickness, death, abuse, and deformation in the natural world. The sculptures are autobiographical embodiments of my own intense frustration and anger while simultaneously acting as vehicles for illustrating our indelible connection to nature. My goal is to give the tree forms a voice with which to declare their own symbolic demise. I draw connections between humans and nature by creating tree surfaces that resemble pinched, burned, bound, scratched, stitched, and scarred flesh or bone.
The forms themselves exude feelings of strain, struggle, and fatigue meant to illicit empathic thoughts in the viewer, regardless of their environmental views. My aim is to simultaneously illustrate the innate connection between humans and the earth, and demonstrate how our attitudes and practices are destroying it; hence unwittingly creating our own demise. In doing
so I draw a connection between the health of the environment and the health of ourselves,
for we are inexorably linked.