As a visual artist with a research-based practice, I find myself drawing most of my inspiration from my desire to better understand how my psyche processes that which surrounds me. As we know, over the course of human existence, humans have sought to control nature for evolutionary gain. In The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-eye View of the World, author Michael Pollan explores coevolution from the view of the plant. He examines how plants have been manipulating us to advance their own evolutionary interests long before we began remaking them through artificial selection.
Drawing from these ideas, I take imagery of plants, bring them into a digital space, manipulate them, and bring them back into a physical space. Through the mediums of photography, print, and sculpture I use this imagery to create my own personal ‘Garden of Eden’ as a space where I have complete control.
Currently, I am installing a piece for my thesis at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that discusses these ideas within a 10' x 10' space.