Still photograph of the "Collecting Light" project, 2014.

Still photograph of the "Collecting Light" project, 2014.

Collecting Light

Media: Found materials, glue

Size: 10' x 5' 

Installed in Dublin, VA and completed in 2014, and was created to create a dialogue between the human separation of the home and the outside environment. When humans are no longer here to defend their "home" what beauty will nature make of our absence? A go-pro was set on this piece for three months, throughout the autumn season and into early winter the camera took a shot every 30 seconds. These images were later compiled in a 2:34 minute video piece titled, "Collecting Breeze" which has been exhibited in three different galleries to date. The video can be found on youtube,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OZxhOcZWMc.

 

"Autumn's Surprise", 2015, 10ft. x 10ft. quilt. Materials used were old nursing uniforms and pieces of fabric donated to me by my mother who is a quilter. This season brings about the most elaborate of colors and the leaf patterns are reminiscent of this time of year.

AUTUMN'S SURPRISE 

"Autumn's Surprise", 2015, 10ft. x 10ft. quilt. Materials used were old nursing uniforms and pieces of fabric donated to me by my mother who is a quilter. This season brings about the most elaborate of colors and the leaf patterns are reminiscent of this time of year. 


migration

"Migration", 2013.

Media: Found materials, glass

Size: 40" x 40"

Migration was completed in 2013 at Salem Art Works, a sculpture park in Salem, NY. This piece houses 23 glass eggs that I made in the glass shop, each representing specific people who I lived with that summer. Each egg is engraved, and the aesthetic of each egg is particular to whom it represents. Symbolic for home, I related the act of all these artists coming to New York for the summer similar to the migratory patterns of birds. While here we made a home for ourselves, and had a rebirth of creativity and art making. 

"Migration", 2013.


other moss related projects

 
 
 
 
 
 

Secret Garden

Media: Found materials, glue 

"Secret Garden" is the installation collaborated with artist Kelly Hill, that really put my love for moss as a medium into high gear. This was made to show was beautiful things can be made when nature is left to its own devices. It has been titled, "Secret Garden", for it is my dearest wish that in all dwellings there is a secret room full of magic and nature. By placing nature in the house, a barrier has been broken, the rule that dirt stays outside has no concept of meaning in this room. 

 

evolved comfort

Media: Moss, glue, textiles, recycled styrofoam 

Size: 6' x 4.5' 

Evolved Comfort was completed in 2015, and was made as an installation for the Jacksonville Art Center in Floyd, VA. Using my own body dimensions, a figure emerges from the moss covered form. Making connections between human existence and our natural environment, I am demonstrating how our lives are so closely knit with nature, that we are literally surviving only because it still does. Nature's comforts will be no more if our race does not do more to counteract the major damage we have already inflicted upon our earth. 


collecting space

Media: Found materials, recycled styrofoam, glue 

Dimensions: 10' x 8' 

"Collecting Space" was made as an installation to accompany the other pieces in the "Collecting Series", and was displayed at the Armory Gallery in Blacksburg, VA in December, 2014. I am fascinated with the relationship humans have between the separation of the home and the outside environment. When humans are no longer here to defend their "home" what beauty will nature make of our absence?

 

collecting senses

Media: Found Materials, textiles, paper, and glue 

Dimensions: 4' x 5' x 4' 

"Collecting Senses" was made in part of the "Collecting Series", completed in 2014. By creating an image of a head, the surface is covered in moss and at night the features are highlighted using spot lights. This was created after thinking about what would the shrines we have left to mankind will appear decades after our race is no longer here to defend its "property". 


 

Adlc

Media: Styrofoam, rubber molds, wax, plexiglass

Size: 36" x 36" x 36" 

"ADLC" was completed in 2013, and was created for the space in which it hangs, and different aspects of the piece display this relationship. 53 was bees represent each of the artists working in this studio, and each set of wings has its own individual markings and was created using a laser cutter. The three honey combs represent the different artists interests at this studio: sculpture, painting, and ceramics. 


playing with color

Media: Welded steel, recycled plexiglass, and lights 

Dimensions: 4' x 4' x 4'

"Playing With Color" was an installation made at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and was largely helped with by sculptor, Gary Humphreys. This piece evolved out of a desire to use found materials, as well as play with concepts of light. This shape formed out of the traditional idea of a light prism, and inside the sculpture are 8 revolving lights that cast shadows and light all throughout the barn where it was installed. A performance piece using a light projector joined this installation, and eventually the performance materials became an experimental platform for the artists that attended the event.