My drawings and paintings connect the fields of art and science by using images of natural and astronomical phenomena in an endeavor to look at the edges of empirical knowledge. I am interested in the attempt to observe something that remains out of reach and, ultimately, how this pursuit reflects on the observer themself.
Forms, patterns, and colors found in photographs from science books and the Internet are compositional starting points. My current work looks at images of seashells, exploring the variety and subtle differences between their patterned surfaces. Other recent bodies of work have engaged images of Saturn's rings and star trails constructed by time-lapse exposures, spectroscopes, and color-enhanced photography.
The process of the work’s making is seen in the color test swatches left on the sides of the image and the slow, deliberate mark-making. These reveal the small discoveries made while drawing a picture.
My work is indebted to the history and forms of early modernism, particularly when abstraction begins to take shape. Growing up in rural Maine, near the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, instilled a respect for craft and a sense of discovery and wonder in the natural world. My art leans towards the aspiration of creating an amateur science project – aiming for a moment of awe through a homemade process.