I am intrigued by the animistic, particularly in plants. My work invites the viewer to reconnect with the animated botanical landscape that persists in spite of human presence and interference. From sidewalks and fences, overlooked plants astonish upon inspection and cry out for new names like banana dongle tree, popcorn blossom, pom pom bush. Photographs and iPhone scribbles help to remember compelling qualities in each plant, germinating new paintings, drawings, monotypes, and block prints. Singular elements amass into bushy figures or ornamental surfaces where natural, cultivated, and manufactured forms collide.
Many have rhapsodized about nature’s sublimity, but few in the forthright manner of George Carlin: “I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.”