Employing the invisible past to explore the delicacy of existence and consequence, the works I make–including engraved sculptures, installations, large-scale murals, constructed photographs and works on paper–tell the story of the small and the unseen, and are an attempt to articulate a vast interconnectedness that exists over immense expanses of time and space.
Much of my this work maps imperceptible astro-geologic movement, charting a path from the familiar natural landscapes that surround us, to the distant past, back to our cosmological beginnings. Focused on the smallest of particles that coalesce to form everything we know and see, these works function as expansive cartographies that chronicle the fragmentary evidence of rocks, remnants and crumbly debris, and trace the passage of dust–a diaphanous, celestial material and ghostly substance that, while ubiquitous and ostensibly insignificant, connects all things, and contains in it all the memories of our lives, histories, and our universe–inextricably intertwined. The endeavor is akin to a physical cosmology, investigating how this material connects us to our present– how we are born of it, how we will return to it, how meaning can be assimilated from the microscopic fragments that we ourselves shed, and simultaneously, from the residues of exploded stars that continuously float down on us from past eons.
I aim to render a continuously evaporating world that follows these remains backwards in time and space to our infinitesimal origins, and simultaneously charts our evolution forward to its theoretical endings. If examined closely enough, I believe dust could tell the story of everything that ever existed–ultimately expressing an endless cycle of creation and obliteration at once, suggesting the what-was, the what-may-have-been, and the what-is inevitably yet-to-come.
” Art is mostly an investigative enterprise to me… it has to do with continuous questioning, and a means of looking for answers. I approach it as a way of examining and observing, revealing, as a way to unravel enigmas, and give form to the obscure, the inconspicuous, the still-unknown and the yet-to-be explained.”
I’m interested in experiences of infinity, in attempting to organize the complexity of interconnectedness present within our universe, in looking for the concealed origins of all things, in charting the phenomena of ceaseless cycles of creation and decay in nature and in the cosmos, and the visual representation of its presence, the nature of time and entropy- and I’m searching and trying to understand how it’s all connected. Maybe it’s also a way of dwelling in the murky space between science and pseudo-science, a simple, imagination-fueled escape from the myopia of the everyday. There’s also the sheer pleasure of just looking, and of creating constellations of ideas from a scientific or mystical perspective. It’s a system of realizing the nascent possibilities for seeing the world in unforseen ways, and I’ve found it has little to do with the things I see, and everything to do with the way I see, and even more about what I can make others see – a way of making the invisible, visible, and giving form to the enigmatic, the inexplicable, the concealed, the ambiguous.
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.