NAVIGATE STATEMENT

The reductive landscapes that define my work are rooted in my experience of the natural world, yet manifest as images that are wholly unnatural- flattened, simplified spaces, saturated with color, and populated with both abstract and recognizable organic forms. These imagined spaces are like flashes of a dream, or déjà vu—both familiar and alien, shaped by the specificity of my own observations of the natural world and the drive to conjure new spaces to explore. The work is bereft of human presence, offering the possibility of an imagined wonderland, glimpses of a hidden natural world.

By using industrial “man-made” materials like acrylic and vinyl, I reinforce the idea that our experience of the natural world is infused with artifice and largely synthesized. I splice and graft organic forms together, creating new hybrid forms, and render natural structures that balance precariously in delicate symbiosis or parasitism.

The work is bittersweet. I present imagined spaces burgeoning with life, often within a seemingly vacant, desolate quietude. I affirm the possibility of regeneration of the natural world, as I explore the natural world’s genius of survival and adaptation. The work presents distilled pictures of fantastical plant life, evidence along the way, on a journey full of wonder, towards a still hidden Shangri-la.