The human perception and experience of natural landscapes has become a contributing factor to the makeup of our built environments. I am interested in exploring our need to surround ourselves with decorative natural elements that seem to provide a benefit to our daily lives as well as the need to experience sublime wilderness. Certain geographic locations can have unique effects on our emotional and physical well being and it is this effect that I seek to understand.
My practice involves creating relationships/visiting naturally deemed locations such as national parks, hiking trails, and parks. In my search for authentic wilderness, I have ventured into territories including rock quarries, the sides of highways, construction sites, and storefronts. Frequently, my tactics involve the extraction of data that can take form through the use of mold making, video, or even incremental values that correspond to the measurement of an action. I attempt to replicate that data using technologic or “man-made” methods and a resulting relationship or poetic dialogue manifests. I hope to uncover our economical, political, and cultural agendas that produce this idea of wilderness and would eventually like to know why we need to incorporate these elements into our surroundings. By exploring these ideas, I hope to map the complex relationships between the many different ideals of the natural and our cultural perceptions of it.