Influenced by environmental discussions surrounding biodiversity, species extinction, climate change and urban expansion, relationships in space and structure are re- purposed to create new narratives modified by their characteristics and habitats. While living in the urban setting of the city, I have become increasingly aware of the rapidly producing populations and structures that continually alter the landscape disrupting many vulnerable species and habitats, creating uncertain outcomes and demonstrating our own human evolutionary path.
The research of entomology, botany and particular species of birds and insects remind me of familial sites both past and present and often embodies a sense of individual desire to recapture memories and fragments of historical passages, which influence my daily life. I continue to record and display details of growth while many of these environments are drawn up through imagination producing new oddities of growth, complex root systems and hybridized forms of nature and habitats. The relationships of the images and objects I use are specific to natural sites and re-count the observations and curiosities of hybridized forms. The narrative imagery exists in a dreamlike world where fleeting images are present, alluding to nostalgia and for the comfort of the familiar finally evolving into objects of curiosity.
Each project illustrates animal nature and the complexities of the changing landscape emphasizing how various paths of nature have been interrupted. My interests in landscape, as well as naturalistic forms within architecture have evolved into fictitious environments and constructing stories from merging elements both the imagined and real. These subjects are extracted from the world of nature and assigned to new roles within an invented landscape.
My current research draws from the histories of observational and scientific illustrations of Canadian wildlife and botanical illustrations while developing an understanding of the management of living things and their interactions with humans. As fictional hybrid forms are organized within each composition, they resemble the familiar combined with fragments of organic components and unusual characteristics displayed as objects of oddity. As the printed image evolves content and form are established and both presentation and materials are determined.