I see the natural world and our relationship to it as my point of departure in understanding our humanity. For me, the natural world holds messages. I’m particularly interested in vast and remote wildernesses. Wildernesses are signals and refuges. Deserts, open seas, forests, mountain ranges - the feelings evoked by these landscapes are solitude and mystery. Their breadth and seeming emptiness speak to us of otherness, our dreams, our fears and what is beyond our control. They are also fragile and undergoing dramatic change from increased urbanization and land development. When I am in the studio making my drawings, questions about our place, effect and purpose in the natural world occupy my thoughts. These questions comes from the experience of migrating from coastal environments that have undergone dramatic change, and where some parts no longer exist.
My drawings are about these narratives that tell a story of the beauty, complexity, fragility, resilience and necessity of these wildernesses. I count on the potential of my drawing medium to be a focused and tactile mode of inquiry into the nature of things, especially those that feel ungraspable. The subjects that inform my work are personal memory, perception, time and Earth systems sciences. Through drawing, I’m interested in creating a sense of space that is vast yet finite and intimate - a space where one can feel lost in. I use size, scale and the drawing medium’s wide range of line and value to convey this sense of space.