S T A T E M E N T
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 edge of the Anthropocene. I employ world-building strategies to craft imagined spaces defined by interlacing imageries and stringy assemblages, a future characterized by uncertainty, precarity, and persistence—workings-through of unsettled times among mechanical, vegetal, and hybrid actors.
My work accentuates the strange resonances between so-called “nature” and “technology,” the programming of machines and the underlying programming within biological systems, the possibility of agencies inherent to animate and inanimate matter alike, resulting in unsettling, mutated forms that slip somewhere between our conventional notions of living and non-living or automatic and intelligent.
Tubes, cables, feelers, and other linkages—simultaneously signifiers for the connections between entities, yet also lively entities in and of themselves—branch, sprawl, and commingle, their knotted interplay emphasizing the importance of relations (of systems, ecologies, and networks) in a future distinguished by constant dislocation and transformation. These systems visually and philosophically decenter the human while also underscoring the nonhuman and more-than-human forces with which human life is so critically entangled. Acknowledging these nonhuman presences and trans-special, trans-mattered interdependencies becomes a critical task as we confront the complexities of a changing world and the possibility of posthuman futures, systems perhaps hostile toward, or indifferent to, human survival. Interspersing this speculative unease with moments of response, allure, and growth among forms, these works both reflect the deeply embroiled nature of our world, while also speaking to the potentialities of a world in flux.