SWAY.SHIFT. WALL SCULPTURES

I create shifting, layered, abstract landscapes using transparent materials and projected lights to create contemplative, meditative spaces. In these  map-like sculptural objects reminiscent of fantastical hybrid plant species I translate material and form into a visual language of color, transparency, translucency, and reflectivity.

My work is inspired by nature and natural processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycles, and is rooted in my personal experiences growing up by the ocean. For the past several years I have developed my work to echo patterned beauty and shaped cycles of plant evolution. My current work focuses on the underwater environment, exploring how issues of seaweed cultivation, ocean farming and food security can improve our lives.
My ongoing series Sway.Shift  invents a parallel underwater habitat filled with plant life suggestive of the deep ocean created through color, light, sound and movement. My artwork is informed by current aquacultural research that seeks alternative food sources through our untapped natural resource: ocean farming. The future of food production is a global concern identified in recent space explorations both real and imagined. Mars One, the NASA expedition, offers a roadmap to colonize Mars by 2025. The recent science-fiction movie, Interstellar, searches for viable intergalactic oceans to save humankind. While distant, unchartered territories may hold answers to our planet's survival, local initiatives to explore our own unchartered territories that cover most of the globe may offer solutions for food energy.

I have been exploring this increasingly growing global concern for future food production very locally--In Branford, CT where there is a rich, cross sector community of innovators and activists working together to make alternative food source real and sustainable.  Local/global thinkers have infused my ideas about found and renewable elements that resonate in my recent sculptural objects, videos, mixed media collages and installations. Drawing inspiration from my own community of aquacultural activists, scientists, farmers, educators and chefs, I hope my drawings, wall constructions and videos help illuminate the incredibly inventive possibilities for future sea farming currently in development.