17.5 x 29 Sculpted sandpaper and dry pigment on canvas
My work is a response to place. Working with powerful memories of the distinctive desert landscape of my childhood, my practice explores the psychological impact of remote spaces on the development of identity. I choose materials for their inherent evocation of the high desert and manipulate them minimally; their intrinsic properties drive the creative process. In an increasingly virtual world that emphasizes universal accessibility divorced from physical location, my interest lies in the psychological necessity of physical place, rooted in a singular geography. Ultimately, my work explores the particular power of vast, remote landscape to provide the necessary literal and psychological space to rework pre-existing categories of self.