“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible

An Ecology of Form:

Using the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ as a conceptual point of departure, the focus of this work is to promote symbiosis between people and their surroundings, both social and environmental. To do this, I work by layering visual, tactile and functional patterns, which are a product of the intersection between form and purpose occurring everywhere in nature. To me, Nest and Tessellate represents the growth of a collection of 2d and 3d objects, the use of which encourages new patterns, toward the cultivation of mutually beneficial systems between humans and habitats.

Bio hazard; mold cultured within sandwich bags.

The Ecology of Mind:

A phrase coined by anthropologist Gregory Bateson to describe culture as a mutually interdependent world wherein individual relationships shape socially shared meanings while these collective meanings simultaneously inform the individuals’ understandings of their actions. I believe that this feedback loop has the potential to cure and to curse us depending on how it is understood and used. Now is a critical moment, in which we must harness the power of positive feedback for constructive purposes or risk the stability of all systems.

Plants can hear, speak through pheromones and chemical signals through their roots.

Draft Statement:

Behavior is shaped by the material environment. Behavior also imbues objects with meaning, and creates feedback loops wherein objects, behaviors and meaning co-evolve over time. If every piece of our material world is the bearer of some meaning, these bits in aggregate, become our ontological ecology. The ephemera we surround ourselves with is a part of a continuum between the personal and the global. It behooves us, then, to consider each symbol employed in our immediate and extended environs, as a part of a meaning-making machine.

We are surrounded by an ever-shifting cloud of detritus that simultaneously announces our story to others, and reinforces our own personal narratives. How can this manifestation of personal space and storytelling be transformed to serve not just our own interests, but also create a synergy within social and ecological systems? Nature is supremely beautiful, functional and cooperative. We are a part of nature, why don’t we naturally follow her example? I seek to explore and answer these questions in my work.

 

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