S T A T E M E N T
Pocket of luster; shimmering yolk; threatening to puncture, spill forth from the metallic flesh of its tubular host. Like millipedes, endlessly fluid in their mechanical pedaling; swimming through the sprawl of gaseous energies, vaporous flares. Swirl, latch, tangle, sprout. Is it gazing at me?
Drawing from the genres of speculative and weird fiction, my work strives to posit potential futures—visions of a world unfurling, in uncertain balance, at the threshold of the Chthulucene. Employing world-building strategies, I attempt to craft imagined spaces inhabited by hybrid forms, precarious fusions of mechanical, vegetal, biological, and amorphous entities in various states of encounter. These bio-technological forms challenge systems of stable categorization, lingering indeterminately among the realms of the living and nonliving, the thoughtless and intelligent, the artificial and organic, draped center stage in a world-space simultaneously indifferent towards and inexplicably haunted by the absence of the human.
Narratively suggestive and highly dramatized, these interconnected oil paintings and charcoal drawings foreground a consideration of the nonhuman, the inhuman, the more-than-human, attempting to reckon with entities at once intriguing and unknowable, part-real, part-imagined, whose cloudy ontologies bid a reexamination of the physical and philosophical systems we inhabit. Without a clear sense of end or origin, and situated within an ambiguous temporality, these speculative world-scapes simultaneously invoke and complicate references to the alien and the apocalyptic, to the world as it already exists, and as it might exist, beneath and beyond our familiar human scale.