I have always found myself fascinated by the illusory tension between the natural and manmade. Where does one begin and the other end? As we are a part of nature, when we alter our landscape, we add to the chaotic collaboration that exists between our species and all other elements within the universe. My work questions this false dichotomy and invites visitors to engage and participate within this dance; the back and forth between nature and human history.
The pursuit of this life-long conversation led to a series of large scale and site-specific installations in Chicago, as Director of the Chicago Park District’s multidisciplinary Department of Cultural and Natural Resources. My team and I put into place an initiative to develop bold and inclusive public art works within Chicago’s city parks. One major project I headed was “Art from the Ashes”, in which dead trees were utilized by artists to create sculptures, performance pieces, and monuments throughout the vibrant and beautiful city. Sometimes unsettling and always provocative, these pieces left patrons angry, annoyed, happy, excited, and curious. Ultimately, my work aims to force difficult questions. Questions to be both asked and answered.
Since Chicago, I have continued working at the intersection of art and horticulture. I created a significant series of installations for the Atlanta Botanical Garden entitled, “The Curious Garden.” This exhibit contained eleven site specific installations built in response to the history, pursuits, and mysteries of that great institution.
Currently, I work to foster arts engagement as a member of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission and strive to provide community-centric art that is approachable and surprising.