Artist Statement

More now than ever, there are ethical environmental implications associated with the creation of art. Artists today must be aware of the impact their art and arts practices have on the environment. As a visual artist, my investigations into ecosystems have identified the critical role that both honeybees and birds play. My work and research are realized through the everyday, easily replicated efforts of building artificial habitats and beekeeping. Within nesting boxes and beehives, I create sculptures in collaboration with honeybees and small birds. Aimed at generating a reciprocal relationship with the natural environment, the solutions I have implemented are sustainable, ecologically beneficial, and viable, not only for myself but for others as well. The work ultimately creates new ways of understanding landscape representation and is a model for engaged and informed interaction with the environment. Ultimately, it is my hope that my work provides accessible solutions and examples others can integrate into their lives as well.