In 2017 I began exploring the representation of bodily decomposition. My work examines my visceral and intellectual response to the physicality of death, in conjunction with the emergence of exurban communities in Northern Virginia. Witnessing the violent transition of wild and agricultural land into low density housing developments provided the opportunity to examine the destruction of natural habitat and human manipulation of landscape in this region. Through this investigation of biological and sociological life cycles, I began reimagining the history of landscape. I fabricate my own mythology of place and understand death not as a discernible moment but as a process in which both material and memory deteriorate.
My recent interest in cemeteries explores American cultural attitudes toward death and my own experience with loss and grief. I focus on the material objects that we associate with remembrance. Like the corporeal transformation of form that occurs during the process of biological decay, the feeling of absence created by loss mutates over time - new experiences eat memories like bacteria. In my paintings the plastic vestiges placed at the grave sites become symbols for the absurdity of permanence in the natural world. This collected evidence indicates a passage of time and serves as a reminder that the world will continue on.