In my practice, drawing is an intimate act of seeing and touching, leaving marks that echo and build upon a lived experience. Working in New Mexico, I create images that combine elements of the observed environment – the canyons, arroyos, skies, and stones – with an imagined biological language of mark. The drawings reflect both the colors and textures of place as well as my own sense of body and form.
Ink, watercolor, wax and colored pencil, 2015 - present
In April, 2018, I had the opportunity to travel with a group of artists to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located on a remote island between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Already home to the largest collection of seeds varieties in the world, the mountain also now houses artwork that makes explicit the connections between seeds and culture, art and science.
As part of this larger effort to nurture connections between biodiversity and creative culture, I developed (In)Nascence, a series of mixed media drawings that evoke the earliest stages of seed germination. Based on my observations of germinating bean seeds, the drawings are portraits of the embryonic, nascent, moment when conditions are optimal for growth and potential is activated. To learn more about the project, please visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault site.