I make impressions of living things, their struggle, their fragility, and create experiences which allow people to make their own observations and ask their own questions. My sculpture and installation work exists at the intersection of medicine and nature. There is a quiet, observant quality to it. My practice took this focus when I observed something few people see–family members undergoing repeated surgical procedures. As nurses applied bandages and placed intravenous lines I began, through similar repetitive processes, to make objects–multiples of birds and nests–from the the hospital trash that the healing process generated. Recently, I have begun to make birds with materials derived from petroleum products, such as silicone rubber and resin, in an intermingling of the natural and synthetic worlds.
My work implies a series of contradictions. These include nature and the artificial world that sustains us, the natural resilience of the human body and the advanced medical technology we have come to rely on, fear and sweetness, and waste and environmental awareness.