My work considers landscape as a relationship induced by object and image, positioning both viewer and maker in haunted narratives touching American history, craft, and ecological emergency. Compelled by a certain mixture of nostalgia and repulsion I feel for 19th century American visual culture, I appropriate the forms of antiques, folk art objects, hand tools, prints and photographs. The process of re-making the material by hand introduces opportunities for my own interventions, which may be described as attempts to subvert, make strange, thwart, queer, re-route, unsettle, and delight.
My engagement with handmade objects comes out of training in sculpture, printmaking, and book arts: disciplines which I approach obliquely in order to arrive at a more unfamiliar exchange with the material. Research and writing are integral parts of my process, and texts I’ve written which I call “appendices” frequently accompany projects as editioned multiples that provide further elaboration on the object-based work and extend its life beyond the gallery.