About the artist.
I make assemblages by combining and altering found objects, discarded materials and studio residue. Fragments of plastic, canvas from previous projects, and natural objects are common materials used in my work. I aim to re-instill these neglected things with value by uniting them through assemblage. My work reflects the conflict I feel in the spaces I occupy: between the man-made and natural world, between isolation and unity, between disorder and harmony.
A poem I wrote that was influenced by my practice:
Who or what are your artistic inﬂuences and how have they impacted you or your work? Do you have any “rituals” that you have to do before, after, or during your art making to keep you creating or put you in the mood to create work?
Alone and silent, I take off my shoes to feel the cool soft earth pressed against the soles of my feet. My fingers brush against thorny branches, flowering plants, and anything else that passes them. After a quick glance at the sky to check it is still there, I stare down at the ground and continue my walk. The earth’s floor is vast, it seems to go on forever with its infinite textures, shapes, and colors. This experience is tactile and playful. It is almost spiritual. I am overwhelmed by the sensations of emotion swelling and vanishing in response to this place. I notice a fallen piece of bark from a nearby tree resting on the ground. It is covered with several species of moss. Their colors and textures are enough to stir up affection in me for this piece of debris. I carry the bark and the miniature world it supports back to my home. I place it on the windowsill next to my bed, eager to keep its beauty close to me. Every morning I wake and glance at this form, displaced and preserved in my possession. I note the rough quality of the bark. Its winding shape, grooves and stains stand out against the clean, smooth, geometric layout of my room. I am reminded of the oddity of human influence on the natural world and the way that manmade materials starkly contrast against nature.
What is a positive impact that art has made on the local community that you have witnessed? What would you like to see more of?
It would be great to turn every abandoned building in Lincoln into an art space.