My work attempts to interpret our enmeshed relationship with nature using technology and geology as a wellspring. I believe that technologies alter and shape the way nature is interpreted. In order to engage this entanglement, I am constructing works concerned with oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
The Marcellus shale formation, rich with natural gas, is accessible at local exposures. Through experiments with the shale as a ceramic material- glazing, firing, decaling, and milling it into workable slip, I transform this resource. My use of Marcellus shale also stands as a concept: comparing ecological ruination with the benefits of a modern petroleum-based world.
By reinterpreting objects in clay, mechanical implements such as massive drill bits designed for mining petrochemicals, become fragile and hollow. These monuments of engineering double as a testament of technological progress as well as the comprehension of the possibility of our own destruction, in the jaws of our own creation. In juxtaposition, I am creating my own fossil record from artifacts and impressions of human activity in order to proclaim objective scientific proof to the geologic era: Anthropocene, which defines the last era of geologic time by the ubiquitous and lasting mark of species homo sapien sapien.