Statement

Making their homes on ailing trees, logs and forest floors, peculiar organisms—richly diverse in form, scale, color and texture—adorn the spaces in which they grow. Human | Nature explores this mysterious realm of natural oddities and the delicate visual balance between the beautiful and grotesque. Building with lines and color, I attempt to break down and decipher elements of these organisms, translating forms into adorning growths for the human body. Working from photographs of nature, I dissect, disintegrate, and ultimately eliminate each image altogether in exchange for a new species. This work evolves—in scale, in complexity, and with the body—as each new species plays the role of both a fictional possibility and a tangible object of adornment.

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