If cartography, through its translation of space into quantifiable measurements, is a form of colonialism- I seek a language of place that refuses reduction through the multiplicity of perspective. Smithson’s theory of entropy, a process of deterioration that is conditioned by irreversibility, has driven my art practice. My work extends from my direct experiences in landscapes that are entropic, and maps conflicting forces that contribute to their transformation.
Through the act of walking in precarious landscapes that have been compromised by over industrialization, anthropogenic forces, and the combination of both- I initiate multi-media projects that challenge the boundaries ofrepresentation, access, and habitation. I work with community members, science researchers, and historical documentation to develop scripted narratives that are performed through voice overs, written text, map making, and diagramatic drawings. The narratives are culled from many voices, timeframes, and contexts to create new hybrid subjectivities that emphasize the intersection of competing and controversial perspectives. Currently I am focused on the pervasive issue of water resources specifically within the two places that I live, the coastal region of NYC and the high desert of the south west.
Artistically, research drives my ideas and ideas determine aesthetics. My practice is a negotiation between what is physically present in landscape, and its subsequent memories, to pose future imaginaries. I seek long-term engagement with places and their people as a means of exploring my own self-identity that is intimately formed by land and community.