The rising carbon dioxide levels emitted into the atmosphere are the largest threat that speeds up climate change, global warming, and the sixth extinction. Evolution Industry represents the variety of environmental hazards that humans cause to the planet, through their ignorant activities such as transportation, burning fossil fuels, and pollution. The previous End-Permian, the worst of the five mass extinctions occurred 252 million years ago and was due to a buildup of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. (Kolbert) The End-Permian wiped out 95 percent of all living species, becoming the closest to completely extinguishing all life on earth. Today’s carbon dioxide levels are currently at 409.47 parts per million, on a trajectory to surpass End-Permian’s carbon levels, at 2,000 parts per million before the year 2100. (Kolbert) The sixth extinction is already underway by human behaviors that cause changes in the atmosphere, changes in the oceans, and increase the rise of invasive species.
My current art practice draws attention to daily human behaviors to describe how we are guilty of committing genocide of the natural world, potentially initiating the sixth mass extinction. We witness the danger that the physical world experiences daily due to expansion, industrial growth, tourism, and transportation. I endlessly support the National Parks service goal to preserve the wilderness, while I protest the political gain on the environment. American soil was considered sacred, but industrial culture strips the land of many natural resources and destroys the environment for humanity’s endeavors. My interests focus on the vastness between manifest destiny and the present, specifically the change in mindset, to environmental understandings, and ideologies.
I work to illustrate how our destructive human behaviors, industrial culture, and our ignorance of the natural world is affecting the future of endangered ecosystems. Tools which are central to my artwork include industrial materials, video production, and the human body; I primarily work with steel, aluminum, and lumber for sculpture fabrication. Each sculpture was influenced by a destructive industrial activity, daily human behaviors, and the adverse effects on the environment. The human body is an artistic tool that I utilize to describe the reality of human actions, which forces viewers to reflect on their presence in their natural surroundings. My performance work explores how the relationship between humans and machines has caused a disregard for our land. The performances leave a physical imprint on the sites to demonstrate how traces of human activity persist throughout the landscape. I continually search for new settings, materials, and techniques to spread awareness to more significant audiences to help reorient our ideals to recognize the importance of nature.
Throughout my education, I have gained knowledge, skills, and confidence to prepare for graduate studies. I have chosen to pursue my Masters of Fine Arts to continue engaging in critical dialog to advance my artwork, become a teaching assistant to work with undergraduate students, and expand in material exploration. I focused on sculpture, painting, and Art History as part of my undergraduate program at Clarke University. I graduated with honors in May 2017. During my studies, I pursued any opportunities that I could; I completed coursework in a variety of fields, such as ceramics, drawing, film, graphic design, music, set design, sculpture, and the significance of these mediums and techniques throughout history. To strengthen my work, I enjoy collaborating with students and faculty in other departments on campus, such as Environmental Studies, Math, and Physics. I completed a broad Liberal Arts education to complement my art coursework. This extensive knowledge combines with art to create one sizeable artistic toolbox. I can connect research, film, painting, and sculpture into a cohesive body of work. Art is my most significant tool to educate communities across the country. My work has been exhibited nationally, plus reproduced in magazines, literary journals, and news programs.
I currently reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon where I am actively applying for Public Art grants while executing commissioned projects for homes, gardens, offices, and city sidewalks. The recent move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest has already provided many opportunities. The change in landscape has prompted further exploration of the natural world with a higher desire to explore it, protect it, and defend its future.