My work explores the relationships between landscape, architecture, agriculture and the displacement of indigenous species. In my encaustic works, references to each of these subjects are integrated into the surface of the paintings as dimensional collage elements. Branches, reeds, seeds and other plant materials, as well as processed food items, are embedded into a wax medium to showcase their fragility in various stages of plant life, from embryos to post-harvest products processed for mass consumption. Copper, metal wire and mesh underlying and surrounding the paintings suggest a mechanical / industrial presence infiltrating and isolating the natural landscape. This series of mixed media works comments on our consumption of natural resources, utilizing produce and patterns of planting to reference agricultural development of the landscape, and alludes to a variety of interactions between man-made structures and the natural environment: inspiration and imitation, diges
tion and destruction, cultivation and captivity.
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