Working in oil, casein, and drawing media, I create paintings and drawings that convey a collective uneasiness and human vulnerability reflective of our times. I explore complex questions of land, home, and the psychological impact of expansion in the west. These contemplative works bring forth multiple associations and conflicting emotions regarding our environment: the often personal, sentimental, and tender memories of home; the comfort and beauty of the ordinary landscape; painful histories; and the anxieties of living in a world forever altered by human-caused climate change.
I travel to locations throughout California, searching for areas that elicit a response triggering the nervous system where environmental damage, human alteration, or architectural remnants of the past are noticeable. With my camera, I document this visual pain and beauty and use the photographs as source material where I alter the compositions and colors when translating them into paint and graphite pencil. These desolate and everyday places become visual metaphors for more significant societal and environmental concerns, making the case for empathy and care that should be taken in for the land that holds us.
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