It began with loss and always circles back to it.
I drew the ocean to remember my father,
then to draw attention to climate change and sea level rise.
Death has always been in my work. (Family, friends, nature)
The political has always been in my work.
Neither subject fixed solely in anger or sadness.
They encompass hope for the future and memory of the past.
They are a reminder to look forward, and to think of what we will leave behind.
Right now, we receive news and information at a rate faster than we are able to process. Political opinion simmers below the surface of everyday conversations. My work is how I filter the polarization of opinion and fact prompted by current events, historical documents, national identity, and weather—both a symbol of change and its real harbinger. The act of making resists the act of skimming, insisting that I absorb and respond to what is before me; that I be informed and stay informed. In many ways, my work is about pause. It is an archive of my experience of this current moment, a glimpse at one chapter of an unfolding story that is in constant flux.