Artist Statement

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.

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One Response to Artist Statement

  1. This statement is direct, speaks to the work and your sources, and is engaging. As you resolve the parts of the exhibition installation, I think that some of it can be streamlined.

    Notes:
    The second sentence is a bit leading, and I wish it told me more right away. Perhaps and example?
    As a rule, leave out words like “attempts” (first line) and decide to be unequivocal.
    Also, when you write “My use of Marcellus shale also stands as a concept: comparing ecological ruination with the benefits of a modern petroleum-based world,” I might suggest that you reword it, removing “concept” and highlighting it as part of a dialectic.

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