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Interdisciplinary Visual Artist

b. 1989, USA, under a dark moon

Our world is mysterious and enchanted. As an interdisciplinary artist, I explore the entanglements between ecology, magic, and myth. My recent work imagines an expanded web of relationships where I co-create alongside an endless array of different forms of consciousness—animals, plants, fungi, spirits, stones, light, and subatomic particles.

I am particularly invested in the phenomena of unseen worlds, from the microscopic to the parallel mythic realms that surround us. This interest in traversing the borderlands of perception began with my folkloric understanding that the land is alive and invisible beings inhabit the world just beyond our vision. As such, my work expands the concept of ecology to include the super-natural, modeling a radical relationality necessary to help heal our unfolding ecological crises. When we imagine the possibility that we can speak with stones or connect to non-bodied beings, we heighten our empathy and nurture more nuanced ways of engaging with the world.

My studio is a playful occult laboratory where I perform experiments, craft rituals, and create fantastical technologies. Grounded in rigorous research, I trace threads of the mythic, magical, and imaginal across disciplines and histories in search of how they inhabit and trouble the present. Materials are active and essential collaborators in this process. I work with materials that have their own agency and energy, but are also encoded with human histories and connotations. Like ingredients in a potion, each material builds layers of meaning in the work, coming together to transmute into something new. Taking form through sculpture, photography, and time-based media, this process enables me to weave disparate traces into complex continuities that are at once strange and familiar.

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