INNATE CONFLUENCES, 2017-18
This creative exploration is my attempt to address these questions. Biological changes occur naturally across Earth’s landscapes. innate confluences aims to contrast natural occurrences with those brought on by human impact, which can further accelerate change. A period known as the ‘Great Acceleration’ signifies the heightening of human activity from the start of the Industrial Revolution (1750) to nearly the present (2010) – often referred to as the Anthropocene. A pivotal point of acceleration in mankind’s visible imprint on the natural world occurred with the rise of rapid chemical production and nuclear proliferation during the 1950s. Plastics are considered to be the key biomarker for the start of the Anthropocene.
Plastics have been considered ubiquitous with human growth and the technological revolution as they can be multi-purposed and are highly versatile. Many common consumer-based plastics have melting points around 255 degrees Celsius (491 degrees Fahrenheit), making them strong enough for everyday-consumer use, but easy enough for manufactures to melt and manipulate to meet market demands and utility. Here, I’ve used plastics, their creation and consumption, as a metaphor for the ongoing cycle of human impact on and connection to the natural world.
Natural Trap Cave Time Lapse Video
Video, Theta 360 camera, 2017
In 2017, I was invited to repel 90 feet underground into Natural Trap Cave, in northern Wyoming, a protected fossil site managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Created from time lapse footage collected within the cave, this video portrays a day of research in Natural Trap Cave.
Critical Impacts trailer video
Video, data-visualization, 2017-18
Critical Impacts is a video project informed by historically-accurate data regarding the acceleration of climatological temperatures since the introduction of mankind on the North American continent and is a collaboration with Dr. J.J. Shinker and Meg Thompson Stanton.
Live-video projection, sound-sensor interactive input, 2017-18
Generations is a live-video feed actively augmented by human interaction. An Arduino micro-controller fitted with a sound-sensor funnels through four-levels of volume to control the live-video display. The live-video is a collaboration with Alexine Sumner-Hultgren and William Harris.
3D printing, LED lighting, pine pedestal, 2018
Focal Point is an interactive piece that allows audiences to explore the expansion of mankind into the natural world. 3D printed objects, including buildings, pyramids, stalactites, cars, etc. are created using semi-translucent 3D filament suggesting nature and civilization’s ephemerality. As manmade structures encroach wild ecosystems, nature influences industrialized culture.
Framed acrylic, interactive LED wall art, proximity-sensor driven, 2017-18
FAULT-RIFT-DIVIDE is a six-part series that represent the accelerated rate of forest fires. Lit by programmable LED strips, FAULT-RIFT-DIVIDE is built using hundreds of laser cut hexagons held together with custom 3D printed connectors. The LED strips illuminate statistical data of U.S. forest fires from 1985 through 2015 and flicker varying colors based on audience proximity.
Laser cut acrylic, 2018
On May 24th, 1869, the Colorado River Exploring Expedition stood at the banks of Green River, Wyoming prepared to enter into a region of the United States known only as “unexplored territory.” Uncharted 1-3 is part of a 150-year expedition anniversary re-envisioning of the future of the Colorado River Basin.
The first reconstruction is an interpretation of “Panoramic view of the Temples and Towers of the Virgen;” the second is based on sheet XVII of “The Panorama from Point Sublime in the Kaibab,” both drawn by William H. Holmes; and the third is based on “The Transept." View of a lateral gorge opening into one of the branches of the Bright Angel Amphitheatre in the Kaibab, drawn by Thomas Moran.
Islands of Fertility
Mixed media, interactive LED sculptures, polyester-wool fabric, sound-and proximity sensor driven, 2017-18
In Islands of Fertility the suspended islands represent the connection between the surface and the deep. Photosynthesis at the surface produces the organic matter that accumulates over millions of years - becoming the fossil fuel beneath - the ultimate source materials for the plastics.
Suspended acrylic flower sculptures, varying sizes, 2017-18
BioLOOM are suspended flexible and translucent acrylic flowers, which suspend right-side up. Flowers grow down from and out of the earth.
Time & Space
Laser cut acrylic, 2017-18
Time & Space is a laser cut reconstruction of the Grand Canyon River Valley. Viewers walk through the center of the work, or the river itself, and are surrounded on both sides by the Grand Canyon’s topography, from the riverbank out to the top of the ridge line.
Angle of Repose
Mirrored acrylic, polyester-wool fabric, pine wood frame, 2017-18
In dialogue with Islands of Fertility, Angle of Repose requires viewers to consider their impact on the natural world through the use of fossil fuels.
one-part carbon, one-part calcium and three-parts oxygen (CaCO3)
3D modeling and printing, sound sensor driven LED interaction, wood, 2017-18