Nature has always been very influential in my work and acts as a hidden agenda and representative aspect in my otherwise abstract work. The preservation of our environment and appreciation for nature reveals itself through my choice of materials and form. Be that from recycled found or collected objects to vaguely aerial landscapes or organic shapes that can resemble bugs or floral pods. Each work asks the viewer to stretch their imagination and invites their curiosity in a struggle to identify their marks, engaging in the creative process through the act of exploration of the Art.
Artisanal 8 is a part of a series of works where I used materials such as craft beer cans and recycled paper to create the form. Using the labeling as it’s identifying marks, hints of the commercialization appear and repeat themselves through thinly painted strips. I play with the words typically used in creating these beers such as “artisanal” or “craft” and attach that to a form that plays with definition as well. Teetering on the edge somewhere between sculpture and painting, realistic versus abstract, even fine art vs craft.