My practice hinges on personal and collective vulnerability inherent in physical, emotional, and social exchange. Through this lens – and often weaving together themes of map-making, plate tectonics, the Anthropocene, wayfinding, and glacial melt – I explore layers of memory that inform our sense of place and ways we cultivate communities. Harnessing both geologic time and human intimacy (and sometimes blurring the divide between these two fields), I strive to find empathetic avenues into a more nuanced and personal understanding of scientific research and climate change.
Using site-specific, time-based, and/or transformative material, I record solitary moments of meditative action in which my body physically engages with the surrounding landscape. In particular, cyanotype allows me to create accounts of my physical presence in landscape, documenting both the exposure to light, the passage of time, and physical contact with the natural elements onsite. Ongoing projects act as photographic documentation of fleeting moments of action – a record of the state of being open and present, my skin a porous surface, my body a permeable vessel.
Through social practice projects, I initiate moments of intimate exchange between myself and others, and create platforms for vulnerability and communication. Whether through letter writing, memory sharing, or interactive poetry, the works employ intentional, active listening to engage both the individual and the collective experience. Each exchange is a tender gesture emphasizing the capacity of radical generosity as a tool for social change.