Concerns about contemporary society’s relationship and or disconnect with both wild and domesticated animals has driven me to pursue environmental research on both a regional and global level. Confronting the ideological shift of human influence on the earth is critical to my purpose as an artist. I believe that through narrating the surprising acclimation of animals in urban areas; celebrating the juxtaposition of power between nature and modernity; and revealing the accepted ugliness industrialization that humans hide away, we can begin to have conversations that encourage sustainability.
Cultures have survived for centuries, collectively progressing in order to meet their needs, habits and traditions, but not without compromise. These “symptoms” of culture must be told and captured as permanent artifacts. These stories between humans and animals and written accounts of culture have historically informed our perspectives on the human condition. It is for these reasons I have chosen to portray the present landscape, narrate the changes in the environment, and bring attention to the loss of wild animals. With the intention that these works endure, they allow future generations see into a window of the past.