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  • apocalyptic archaeology

    Apocalyptic Archaeology features works that are depictions of a ruined world. The works are meditations on the brevity of life, and reveal the awareness of passing time, erosion and decay, and the ultimate deterioration of manmade artifacts, such as architecture, interiors, and landscapes.
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  • dreams and memories

    Dreams and Memories includes works that explore the intangible and inescapable realm of the psyche. The artists pose questions about the nature and meaning of recalled experiences, and about the way in which dreams and memories intersect and even morph from one level of consciousness to another.
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  • voyeurs/provocateurs

    Voyeur/Provocateurs includes subversively witty scenes-satirical commentaries on art, culture, and politics. These works make the viewer into Peeping Toms that spy on secret scenes.
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  • unnatural nature

    Unnatural Nature features work by artists that recreate natural environments using artificial materials and found objects which fool us into believing they are real places.view

category:  Unnatural Nature
held within what hung open and made to lie without escape

This artwork is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

My work reflects my experience of nature and the cultural practice of constructing landscapes as idealized images based on this experience. When in nature, I am aware of my inability to shake cultural constructions. Acknowledging the contradictions that exist in my own thoughts and processes helps me arrive at the point of departure for the work.

I am interested in how materials can hold multiple meanings. The materials I use in my diorama-like works are either from the land or represent the land or are used in the art-making process. I may include invasive plant species from the Midwest as well as inorganic materials such as styrofoam and plastic. The materials I use underscore the tensions over land, land use, and the portrayal of land in landscape painting.

Courtesy of the artist; David B. Smith Gallery, Colorado.  Photos courtesy Ed Watkins.

Materials: 

Acrylic, acrylic caulk, cast paper from Central Park boulders, fern, foam, goldenrod, hosta, moss, paper, pencil, PETG, sedum, sponge, wood, fertilizer, plastic bottles, euro cast

Comments

To me, this is truly a fascinating piece.