Things Organized Neatly

Beach Collection,  2018  | Arranged found objects (mostly plastic) found on O'ahu’s North Shore beaches in Hawaii.

Beach Collection, 2018 | Arranged found objects (mostly plastic) found on O'ahu’s North Shore beaches in Hawaii.

After traveling to Hawaii and collecting plastic found along the beaches, I have started to pay more attention to the plastic that I see on an everyday basis. The plastic that is left on my street, thrown into my bushes, flattened by cars, nestled in gutters, the plastic I purchase and the plastic that I use.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

I've become more and more aware of how uncommon it is to not find plastic in any environment. Just like on the beaches in Hawaii, I found plastic on the shores along the lake in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I found myself swimming with this pink straw.

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest five years ago, a slow but steady shift in my practice has been using repurposed curated objects as a source of inquiry for both the subject and medium of my work. Discovering and investigating materials is how I become familiar with new environments. Materials range from trash, tin, plastic, wood and paper; cut and cropped from domestic ephemera.

Constellations of Scattered Bones & Hand Me Down Snippets,  2018

Constellations of Scattered Bones & Hand Me Down Snippets, 2018

They are the physical records, living documents, weathered with the elements of time. Each artifact is its own chapter. When I curate collections, I am arranging each part as if I am writing a novel. Each installation demonstrates a visual dialogue through placement, color and form. Consetllations of Scattered Bones & Hand Me Down Snippets, is currently on view through the end of August at 57' Biscayne & The Good Arts Building as part of the exhibition, You Are Here, Too. 

Detail of  Constellations of Scattered Bones & Hand Me Down Snippets,  2018

Detail of Constellations of Scattered Bones & Hand Me Down Snippets, 2018

Ask yourself, what do you leave behind?