The natural environment and our human effects upon it are central concerns of my art. Moving between representation and abstraction, my work focuses on, and then conceptualizes, our landscapes, bringing together aesthetics and ecological concerns.
The Chesapeake Bay has long been a focus of my work and I have used NASA satellite images and weather data to generate patterns, creating layered drawings and installations on the region's changing environment. In my newest work, I turn to one of our most vulnerable landscapes, the glacier fields of Alaska. Retreating glacier ice is one of the most visible signs of climate change and is a marker for the quickly shifting (i.e., degrading) ecologies of Alaska and of the planet.
This project is largely informed by my research into the writings of early American pioneers of geophysics and glaciology, John Muir and Harry F. Reid. Both conducted research in Alaska between 1890 and 1900 that focused on measurements of glacial movement, data that was transformed into poetic writings on the ever-changing nature, and color, of their subject. My drawings present chronology of marks, layers of color and texture that evolved as I worked, a weathering process based on how glacial ice changes as air, light, and water transform it. As Reid noted, “The ice-front has a wonderful coloring. All stages [of transformation] are represented in the ice-front, which therefore shows all shades of blue in striking variety.”