EXHIBITION: Solo. Slingluff Gallery. 2012 • Paper Play, 2014
MATERIAL: Sculpture entirely out of cut paper
Memories in Decay
EXHIBITION: Solo. Pratt Digital Arts Gallery. 2011
MATERIAL: Digitally cut, manually assembled paper on found antiques
EXHIBITION: Digital Arts Lounge. 2010 • b.j. spoke gallery. 2011 • 500 Paper Objects. 2013
MATERIAL: Digitally-printed, hand-cut rice paper. Beeswax. Light.
An increasing number of natural catastrophes have resulted from the change in global climate. Many buildings become vacant in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Given an opportunity, nature will try to restore a balance within an ecosystem offset by man-made damage. Organisms such as mushrooms and mold help deconstruct and reclaim the remnants of human artifacts fueled by the presence of water that is an inevitable result from such disasters. This body of work presents an allegory of this decomposition process. It is installations representing an artificial species composed of manually and digitally cut paper colonizing abandoned interior spaces. The positive and negative shapes take on the form of an entity aiding in this decomposition, which comes to life as it slowly creeps in to fill in cracks and crevices much like the analogs in nature. The manufactured objects and spaces become inhabited with proliferations by bringing the outdoors into the interior. This paper fungus is continually self-replicating to build an intricately woven mass. New spores of smaller paper populate the edges of the sculpture as the being reproduces over time and extends the life of the species as it continues to overtake our abandoned man-made fabrications.