Reflections on land and environmental issues and interactions with existing works of monumental land art have challenged 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—industries, homes, cars, gadgets—we leave scars. The objects I create in my studio are placed in the environment then removed within a matter of minutes, creating a moment in an alternative reality.
My process is intimate and ephemeral.
Carrying the objects to each location, I work in series, placing the objects in such a way as to play with the interaction of elements at the site. I record the geographic coordinates, capture the moment with my camera, pack up the objects and leave.
I photograph the installations with perspectives that manipulate the objects’ sizes and the surrounding elements. To emphasize the size ambiguity when the images are on exhibit, I project some to overwhelm the viewer and emulate the effect vast landscapes leave on a person; others I print on a small scale to give the viewer a more intimate experience.
Most of my installations have been in the middle of nowhere geographically, but the middle of nowhere is also a state of mind, regardless of the location.
The digital photographs, as 2-dimensional renderings of an experience in place and time, visually describe the objects as possibly belonging in their surroundings. The unfamiliar objects intrude and leave questions about the nature of their existence. What are they, and why are they there? How do we as humans interact with our world? What do we take, what do we leave, and to what end?