Here's the exhibition statement:
The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot doesn’t even trickle anymore. This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely beautiful. The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its basin. These striking scenes are the catalyst to my current body of work. My wish is to present an exhibition that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I am investigating such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching. In its deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction. The layers of the work – dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching – allude to a landscape that was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that surrounded me as a child. I use horse hair in my work to stitch pieces of the landscape together or to mend it. The continuous repetitive step of piercing and tying each hair on the surface forming a mountain feels cathartic. Making almost surgical-like stitches somehow works through the feelings I have about the destruction of the landscape. Through the ripping and tearing apart and then mending and repairing, I feel I express my distress about what we are doing to nature. Behind this exhibition will be several dualities: permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result. The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making.