From farm to studio. For the past few growing seasons, I’ve been harvesting flowers and plants and casting them in an aggregate of rubber and dirt. Using industrial silicone to represent a natural form poses a contradiction. These flowers are in protest with their own material make up. The flowers take on an aggressive presence when transformed into rubber. They embody perseverance and mobility- qualities we crave in the endurance required to live through a pandemic.
I’m not looking for complete fidelity in the casting process. The flowers become something different with the trace of process and material transformation. But the flowers are a recognized messenger, accessible to many. Sculpture has a way of using it’s physicality to talk about things that aren’t physical at all. My hope is to elicit a felt response in the viewer that confronts the resilience of the natural world with the sentimentality that we bring to it.