I have always had the intention of working deliberately with the natural landscapes I inhabit, places I have been and have grown a relationship to. I was raised in the Midwest, which impacted the story of my work and how I observed my surroundings. I have always been influenced and motivated by where I am from, influences consisting of childhood memories of barefoot escapades and scraped up knees, where I made the evergreens my jungle gym – to solo traveling across the western states, taking in the landscapes that are unfamiliar to what I’ve never known
I am compelled by the unattainable and the impulse to explore, by exploring these temporal landscapes, I pose the question of what it means to be connected yet disconnected within the same place.
My art practice is currently a response of emotional content. Feelings of isolation, solitude, and quiet pervade throughout my work. I am not concerned on solely composing a pretty picture. Author Rebecca Solnit’s curiosity of relationships to places provoked this response, delving into her question on finding these things- these feelings, that are in some ways about extending the boundaries of the self into unknown territory.
Photography: Marshall Haigler