Artist Statment

What does it mean to be an artist in a time of endless resource extraction, industrial production of consumer objects, mass extinction of plants and animals, and an ever-growing culture of human isolation? For me, it is not about making more objects to put into this world; it is not about sitting in a studio and producing as much work as possible. For me, it is about exploring and learning about something deeply enough to activate or revitalize its magic. And then share it with you. 

Led by my curiosity about the world around me, I find potential projects everywhere. From driving by the South Dade Landfill of Miami and wondering what happens to our trash? I find myself riding with the manager to the top of the mound and learning about the buried cultural artifacts, from the Miami Seaquarium's beloved orca to Christo's pink island wrap.

 

Stories, artifacts, and archives also fascinate me and provide endless inspiration for projects. Spending time at the Museo Etnográfico Juan B. Ambrosetti during a residency in Buenos Aires, I encountered photos of people dancing tango on the river's beaches and even older images of nomadic Selk'nam navigating the coast. Sparking my curiosity, I began to follow the great flow of water of the Rio de La Plata, from urban to wild spaces, recording its sounds, documenting its trash, unburying its history, and interviewing people who used the river daily. This collection of stories, artifacts, videos, and sound became the basis of an installation that portrayed the river as a living entity—ultimately asking Buenos Aires to see its water as alive and to make a new relationship of stewardship. 

I propose that everyone take a journey of self-healing so that we may decolonize our minds and body and share a generative future for all on this planet. I hope my work inspires and delights all who engage with it.