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As a sculptor and installation artist, I implicate viewers in a phenomenological situation, in which the experience of objects is ambiguous, corporal and direct. During the last year I have been developing works that consider our increasingly tenuous connection to the natural world. My objects and imagery spring from a handful of sources in which actual and mediated visions of animals and landscapes blur. They are the product of a suburban imaginary and of an accompanying narrative that positions nature and culture at two extreme ends of a spectrum. This polarization paints Nature as an ideal; a space or thing unadulterated, authentic and real. In the context of recent works, this distorted notion refashions itself into a strange brew of fantasy, nostalgia and denial. Melting icebergs, mutating lawn ornaments, patches of parched earth, neon signs and reflective caution tapes pronounce clear ecological devastation, not a romanticized Eden.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20'
  • Medium: styrofoam, neon, porcelain, lawn ornaments
  • Width: 20'
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 15'

Venue & Connection Information

The large antler structure and neon sign must hang from the ceiling. They are not at all heavy, but they can not sustain themselves.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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