Shared Artifacts Exhibit - Summer 2017
As a post-consumer artifactist, I am able to engage my drive to make art while expressing my passion for nature and environmental conservation. My images reflect the experiences I have had and the meanings I make interacting with natural and built environments. Using post-consumer waste, artifacts from consumer life, as my medium, my artwork integrates origin and inspiration. From the earth we generate materials for our everyday life, and here I explore fitting those materials back into landscape to inspire thought about humans in the environment. Landscape is at the core of my imagery and the characteristics of my post-consumer artifacts magnify different aspects of specific environments, from the density of paper pulp and plastics creating rock-like textures, to the filtration of light through plastic packaging, paint, and paper. Working with these materials feels like the truest way to fulfill my need to make artwork without generating excess. This work is a reflection on everyday consumption and my desire to make more concise and truthful decisions about our impacts on the world around us. For me, in a sense, this practice "closes the loop." I never tire of exploring the potential of consumer artifacts to emphasize different aspects of the world in which we live.