My work gives form to the political ecology of place
using media, performance, and text.
I explore the affects, politics, and aesthetics of landscape primarily through video, performance, and socially-engaged art. While my early work addressed spaces shaped by political struggle, the growing ecological crisis has prompted me to focus on caring the damaged landscapes of everyday life. The “slow violence” of global warming—with its spiking rates of extinction, mass displacement, soil loss, and pollinator collapse—intensify colonial social violence while challenging the limits of narrative itself. If climate change represents a transformation of geologic scale, as many scientists believe, it requires we re-evaluate everything that came before: Western concepts of the autonomous individual, an economics based on perpetual growth, and values systems structured around (some) humans’ needs. The stories we tell about the climate crisis must be big enough to capture complexity, surprising enough to make unexpected connections, and small enough for intimacy, identification, and action.
Aligned with the growing subfield known as artistic research, I see creative work not only through the lens of individual expression but also as a distinct mode of knowledge production, one capable of operating within and beyond traditional artistic domains. My goal is to knit together themes, gestures, ideas, and images across time and place, to prompt the audience to consider their own ecological entanglements, and to imagine a habitable and just future that must look very different from the recent past.