WORK > PATTERN IN NATURE SOLO SHOW @ THE PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM

This body of work is being presented in a solo exhibition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum/ Chicago Academy of Sciences in Chicago. The work in this show is inspired by the lace-like remnants of a two hundred million-year-old fossilized sea creature I discovered in the archives at the Academy's collections. This baculites fossil, which is all that remains of an animal that went extinct around the same time as the dinosaurs, is not only beautiful but also reminded me of both the fragility and physicality of life.

I am fascinated with how our experience of nature is becoming increasingly less physical. Instead, it is frequently mediated. A digital screen has been inserted between us and our environment in countless ways. Of course, in the current pandemic environment, this issue has only come into sharper focus. In my work, I am interested in commenting on the ways in which any interaction with nature is now frequently through virtual means, while in my life, I am constantly in search of a kind of wilderness -- a more authentic, analog, and perhaps unpredictable experience.

Fire Ammonite
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 36"
2016
Blueprint
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 36"
2020
Red Cephalopod
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 36"
2016
Blue Strata
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 36"
2020
Indigo
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 72"
2020
Unearthing
Corroded digital print and acrylic on canvas
40" x 96"
2020
Verdant
Corroded digital print and acrylic on panel
36" x 72"
2020