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Artist Statement


The making of art installations that change over time and benefit the environment has become my focus as an artist. When I began doing outdoor works in 1994, I became concerned about the environmental impact of my materials and structures. I also became convinced that nothing could ever be considered a "permanent" work of art.

Everything changes when placed outdoors because of exposure to the elements and to the processes of nature. It is also vulnerable to interaction from people and animals. I decided that I would go with this flow and make art that consciously used the natural processes and human and animal interaction as a positive contribution to the artwork. I began designing pieces that were meant to change over time and be beautiful and evocative in all phases as well as contribute positively to the environment. I am using all natural and biodegradable materials such as branches, vines, handmade paper and seeds to produce continually evolving artworks.

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