I am an ecological artist and educator with a background in fiber art.
My practice is largely centered around marine conservation through the removal of plastic marine debris (PMD) from our oceans, and the artistic application of these materials. While collection is an important part of what I do it is not my central focus.
It is through my work in ecological rehabilitation and my artistic process that I am inspired to explore the many diverse and interconnected relationships that make up the world around us.
I am most interested in the relationships between humankind and nature, nature and humankind, and the overall role they play in service of one another within the cycles of life.
For example, we are acutely aware of how plastic marine debris is harmful to the health of our oceans, our marine biodiversity, and that there are many mysterious long term potential ramifications in regards, not only to the overall health of our oceans, but how we as a species will be effected as our marine life is effected. These cycles are not yet fully clear.
There is, however, one thing that is clear:
Plastic marine debris is a symptom of a larger malady. In short, plastic marine debris is a warning sign that something within the system of how we operate in connection with the natural world around us is out of balance. PMD is an indication that there is healing to be done, and is a call to remember, develop, and practice our stewardship values.
Every relationship tells a story and holds meaning, let us explore these stories and remember our connection.
Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings.