Creeping Conflagration Through the Cracks in Culture is an imagined discourse between the irrepressible energy of nature and man’s Sisyphean struggle to keep it at bay. I use sculpture to explore issues involving the introduction of a natural system into a traditional presentation of art; I create collages of formal and natural worlds. My sculptures are inspired from the tiny ecosystems of sidewalk cracks, weeds that only grow as a result of a water system design embedded into the structure. I Place the viewer into a role of manipulator. Their actions will determine what will live or die, and this will eventually inform the aesthetics of the work. As a cyclist with many miles of road riding experience my work reflects my fascination with the dynamic rhythms of growth and rebirth taking place in the fissures of our infrastructure.
The abstract patterns I use, the mosaic designs, are derived from images of my neighborhood collected from google earth and digital photography. They reflect our contemporary connection with the natural world that comes to us via some kind of screen as pixels. The use of mosaic technique becomes a metaphor for this pixilated and separated relationship.