These sculptural flats are formed using various ceramic techniques and materials, finished with mixed media details. They combine the experience of looking through a microscope, with the disk-shaped petri dishes where samples are grown and examined. The compositions investigate relationships between micro and macro aspects of the living world. Human intervention in the landscape imagined through aerial imagery plays a role in how the circular planes are developed. My work celebrates and hybridizes intersecting patterns and prevailing ideas rooted in natural growth, transformation, and decay.
Zooming in and out, the disks delicately portray agricultural hotbeds, changing continental boundaries, shifting waterways, migrating oceanic phenomenon, seasonal shifts, and geologic trends. Ideas merge to create forms that are sensitive and familiar, yet maintain a mysterious quality. The work asks the viewer to question their relationship with place. How do you see the world changing around you?
Imagery that evades the naked eye or requires close investigation has always been a source of inspiration in my work. My curiosity about systems in the natural world was born from growing up with a mother who worked in a medical lab, where access to microscopes and x-ray imagery informed my visual vocabulary and sense of wonder from a young age. From my perspective, the more intimately we notice the world around us, the more we appreciate our place in this complex web of life.