I am interested in what is considered to be “natural” and “wild”, and conversely, what is “human” and “civilized.” I employ the long view approach, embracing multiple understandings of what might be considered natural, as opposed to man-made. Not surprisingly, the long view often blurs the boundary between the two.
This interest in nature/human is also an investigation into cultural values. My art is a way to participate in the continuing conversation of how human culture values the rest of nature, and I contextualize my urban existence in Los Angeles within its larger ecological environment. In the tradition of both Japanese culture (Shintoism in particular) and Robert Smithson’s Non-Sites, both wild nature and human structure can exist within the same spatial and conceptual confines.
As simple as combining “nature” with “man-made” seems, the process is typically challenging. Traditionally, humans' relationship to nature has been a hierarchical one, with humans at its apex. My view is that all living things occupy ecological niches, each with its own narrative, including humans. We get to choose what our ecological niche will be, what possible roles and stories we play out in the ecosystem. My work explores these possibilities.