Battlefields, extreme weather, used-motor-oil and dirt become key elements to examine our relationship to nature within the body of work Active Ingredients. Comprised of paintings, sculptures, photography and video, the work alternates between pure abstraction and iconic imagery presenting layered connections between violent conflict, climate change, and agriculture. The paintings and sculptures are made with the experimental, primary materials of used-motor-oil and dirt from found landscape waste or fabricated in the studio. This oeuvre aims to: reveal connections between subjects and materials; allow the viewer to complete the narrative using one’s own frame of reference; and, foster dialogue about the value of humanity’s link to nature.
"Artists are useful to society
because they are so sensitive.
They are supersensitive.
They keel over like canaries in coal mines
filled with poison gas, long before more robust
types realize that any danger is there."
--- Kurt Vonnegut (1974)
“Strangely poetic, but with the quiet simplicity of a Zen koan.”
The Gazette, Mar. ’09