My creative practice is rooted in a process of exploration bridging art, science, and embodied knowing, and stems from an intuitive alchemy that integrates plants as materials and subjects for healing across organisms, species and ecologies. I use botanical pigments, leaves, and light sensitive chemistry to make paintings, prints, and camera-less photographs that probe the edges of the known and visible world. I am particularly awestruck by the life giving power of photosynthesis, which I invoke as an analog for my body’s inability to metabolize sugar due to Type 1 diabetes.
My current mixed media work, which also incorporates botanical dyes and fibers transformed into weavings, macramé, soft sculptures, and botanical hydrosols, tends to topics of human and environmental health, specifically the invisible labor associated with managing autoimmunity and the disproportionate effects on women of chronic conditions linked to ecosystem disruption and degradation. I intentionally collaborate with living materials to collapse distinctions between self/other, inner/outer, humans/nature, and to cultivate care for human-plant-microbial interdependence and connect to the wild, yet cyclical character of emergence and decay foundational to the universe.