My work is an exploration of the individual in relationship to the whole. Communal insects, hives, rituals, systems of thought and structure preoccupy my practice. Labor intensive and meditative drawings, installations and sculptures are the means by which I think through material.
I am captivated by the human ability to conceptualize and participate in the world both as an individual and as a part of a greater collective being; a colony or hive. My interest is in the relationship of the cell to the body, the ant to the colony, the individual to society.
On Rising Hive, 2014
The work before you has been heavily influenced by the theory of emergent behavior. At the most fundamental level emergence is the rise of “smart” systems through the interaction of relatively “dumb” constituent parts.
I am drawn to create structures and systems that appear to be directly governed by the properties of their individual parts. For me objects like Rising Hive embody an ideal system where all participating elements have a stake in the success or failure of the collective work. It is through a great multitude of individual choices and interactions that I begin to see the order that draws us together as one society, one hive, one being.