Considering history, nostalgia, and place, my studio practice examines the connection between personal experience and collective history. Within these interests, I strive to depict our attachment to objects and spaces. Collection and transformation of material, such as rubbings, latex casts, and natural objects, are integral to my studio process; they are historical, emotional, and visual guides in my work. Through these items, I hope to explore what makes a place, space, or object sacred, and how we assign value to these things.
Recently, my work examines the ownership and sacredness of landscape through 2D and 3D pieces. I reference man-made monuments, geological markers such as standing stones or arches, and maps— physical evidence of human control over the terrain. Altogether, these pieces depict an abstract relationship between human beings and the environment. Concurrently, I am experimenting with the limitations of print by layering, rubbing, and using paper as both matrix and material. My process is intuitive; I combine various modes of mark making and rely on my archive of collected items to reflect landscape abstractly. This process of discovery in the studio echoes my experience exploring space and place in the field. I hope this work alludes to the power and form in land, and questions how one feels connection and ownership towards it.