From the artist:
Throughout my career I have created sculpture that reflects my environment and my interest in vernacular architecture. While in graduate school I gathered materials from deconstruction sites and scrap yards combined with cement and clay to create three permanent public sculptures and numerous temporary installations. Since moving to a rural area in western Maryland I have become immersed in the natural environment in a very personal way. This has led to an intense awareness of the potential use of everything that grows, dies, and decays on the land. Using pond algae, seedpods, water hyacinth roots, reeds, vegetable roots, thorn bushes, lunaria and other natural material I have created a series of plant/animal hybrids. There is an endless supply of materials around me.
Glimpses of animals camouflaged by trees and brush, bones and skins of dead animals, observing their trails, the nest and migrations of birds, insect casing, growing and harvesting pond materials, have all had a profound affect on my work. The intimate world of insects and animals has an intrigue and mystery leaving behind only traces of their presence.
Articulating my response to the environment has widened my choice of materials. The ephemeral nature of paper, susceptible to destruction yet string and flexible, corresponds to the transformative nature of all natural materials. Exploring the potential of this material has resulted in a new body of work. Working with a palm fiber called piacava, I have embedded it inside the paper pulp adding color, stains and seed pods to the form a series of forms again reflecting beauty and decay.