Artist Statement

My work is an exploration into the transformative power of landscape, memory, time, and the ritual of daily observation through abstraction and the widening power of the horizon in its various forms.  I seek to find mystery and presence through meticulous investigations of daily life, many of which are recorded digitally during my walks. My various approaches to seeing and recording are permutations and meditations, informed by my very specific history, growing up inside of a 5-mile radius in South Western, PA and currently living on a sprawling farm in rural VA where, through intentional, repeated, and widening circles, I map my spaces using careful selections of my photo documentation to record any changes that may occur from day to day, in an effort to translate those observations into my studio investigations. 

The horizon, as an idea or actual form is the physical embodiment of reach, longing, expansion, and in many ways, the unattainable. It is a line –a horizontal pull through physical, atmospheric space.  The horizon is always in sight but never within reach; the infinite and finite; the point where light meets dark. It beckons and draws me into the immediate present, while simultaneously stretching my memory and imagination for other places in time. 

The history of my work has been driven by observation and my fascination with contrast, color and surface, material manipulation, landscape, and ideas of absence, presence, the body and of memory. I have investigated loss. These are some of the primal things that make us human, and so it is the root to which I can connect my work to, beyond my own reach. I aim examine the opposites that exist in us all. 

Over the last few years I have been intensely researching, revisiting and documenting post-industrial forms from both my past and my present; in an attempt to better understand ideas surrounding BELONGING. Abandoned beehive coke ovens from my youth outside of Pittsburgh, and an and abandoned silo on the farm where I live in rural Virginia have been my muses. The differences and similarities discovered inside of and around the forms is haunting and has led me on a widening path of insight and the creation of large, new bodies of work. In addition, I traveled to Athens, Greece this past summer, 2017 to begin research on the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and the ancient city of Delphi, looking closely at those civilizations and the forms remaining, buried, and unearthed.