Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I believe the core identity and narrative of who and how we became, are and will be is rooted in land and its resources. Land is our means of sustenance, and essential to the growth and preservation of cultures, societies, commerce, and ecosystems. In history and present day, land management dictates ownership and discrimination; allows access to food, water, and energy; delineates wealth and poverty; evolves liberation and oppression; and enables choice and development. Many political and sociological issues arise from land - who can have rights and where, what piece of land makes up a nationality, where one can and cannot live, if a person or people have power or none... The basis for many of these decisions is who owns or governs property, or the lay of the land, and who does not.  

There Lie Gardens is an ongoing body of work, which is fragmented into photographic series and installation artworks. The focus revolves around space, barriers, and borders created to connect, disconnect, consume, and experience the function and nature of land.