Nature is fascinating to observe. Nature is predictable yet chaotic, stable yet unsteady, and unchanging yet never the same. A person can go on the same hike on different days, and it will never be the same. The man-made trail, markers, and signs will all be in place. However, trees have grown; plants have died; and new ones have sprouted. The birds have made new nests. Humanity tries to create order in a world of unknowns within nature.
Life and nature exist in the same manner. It is anticipated yet uncontrolled, balanced yet broken, uniform yet flexible. Humans often try to plan life out down to every little detail, but sometimes it just does not work out the way it is planned. Life is messy and unorganized. No matter how much effort humanity puts into organizing life, it often has no way of knowing what is actually going to happen. I believe that it is possible to get too bogged down with life to cherish the natural beauty around us.
This idea is something that has impacted my work as an artist. I have seen a beautiful living tree standing one day and falling down the next. I have found beauty in abandoned places. My life has gone from having everything planned out to abandoned and alone.
In my work, I use multiple media and techniques including photographs, weavings, ceramics, and plaster to articulate this idea. My work captures the significance that life and nature are both messy. I seek to inspire others to take a moment to cherish the outside world in any environment and realize that there is more to life than the here and now. Life can be a whirlwind at times, but, if we take a moment to look outside, beauty can be found in the most estranged situations.