I am a maker who craves the tactile nature of materials whether it be leather, wire, clay, fabric – you name it I want to touch it and make something.
My purpose is not to simply make objects, but to create an experience. I install the studio-made objects into the environment, document the geographic coordinates and take a photo. I pack up the objects, leaving but a trace of the installation’s existence.
A longer, more detailed statement:
Reflections on land and environmental issues and interactions with land art have inspired me to focus on installations that leave little trace on our much-scarred land. As we extract resources from the earth and capture sun and wind to power our modern reality – our industries, our homes, cars and gadgets – we leave scars. The objects I create in my studio are placed in the environment and removed within a matter of minutes. The process is intimate and ephemeral.
Carrying the objects to each location, I work with them in series, placing them in different environments to play with the interaction of elements at the site. I document the geographic coordinates, capture the moment with my camera, pack up the objects and leave.
I photograph the installations with perspectives that toy with the ambiguity of the objects’ sizes and the surrounding elements. To emphasize the ambiguity, I print some photos at 5”x7” to give the viewer a more intimate view akin to the one I experience through my camera. Others I project very large to overwhelm the viewer, much like the effect the vast landscape of the West leaves on a person.
Most of my installations have taken place in the middle of nowhere geographically, but the middle of nowhere is also a state of mind. I’ve installed objects in an urban center and felt the same sense of solitude I have in the vast prairie. The middle of nowhere has also manifest itself as a deep loneliness while I’m working, regardless of the geographic location.
For me the experience of creating these installations is a transcendent connection with the environment: I take many of the handheld images while on my knees or prostrate on the ground. My attention hones in on grains of dirt and sand, blades of grass, small fissures in rocks. For the viewer, my desire is that they walk away from the images with reflection about what they see, why it’s there and how we humans interact with the land.
These images are records of art that is here…then gone.