Human beings like to make connections. I believe we are mythmakers, storytellers, masters of seeing the similar. My work explores our tendency to find human narratives in nature and science. I examine the ways those connections are successful—and how they often fail.
Most of the connections I draw are between my own personal and political life and the natural world around me. I see the natural world as fraught with fables and allegories of love, trust, and defense mechanisms. I see questions of what we should value about the world around us, about each other, and what it means to be human.
I see my own anxieties and hopes reflected in the collaborations of bees and the midwinter insomnia of bats. I see battles against bigotry in the fight against invasive plant species and in our attempts to understand our ancestors. I see both the value and dangers of anger reflected in a prairie fire.
My work invites viewers to see the world as I do and share in my curiosity and explorations. Just as I invite viewers to reflect on their own surroundings, I also invite them to explore their own ideals and challenge dominant narratives about nature, science, and identity.