My work explores bodily decomposition as a transition between states, where energy is transferred from one entity to another. I have examined this transformation specifically through the relationship between vultures and roadkill in Northern Virginia. Animal-vehicle collisions are a prominent fixture in this region, which is rapidly transitioning from wild and agricultural land into low density housing developments. My work draws parallels between the physical metamorphosis that occurs during biological decay and cultural mutations that accompany the shifting identity of place.
Documenting scenes of mutilation through photography is a central theme in my work. The resulting photographs are often violent and could be construed as exploitative. In capturing these instances I question our societal aversion toward death and explore my own experience with loss and grief. In my paintings the camera and photograph represent the desire to stop time and they become symbols for the absurdity of permanence in the natural world. Like the corporeal transformation of form that occurs during the process of decomposition, the feeling of absence created by loss also deteriorates over time - new experiences eat memories like bacteria. Death is not an end: whether it is the body of an animal, remains of a place, or memories of a relationship, death leaves traces behind. By documenting these vestiges I explore the aesthetics of coming to terms with loss.