Photo by April Fettinger
Inspired by growth, transformation, and change I utilize an assortment of natural organic imagery paired with metallic finishes to help us question; what do we truly value? We are taught to value things that we as a culture place direct value upon such as gold, silver, other precious metals and stones, oil, etc. We only value these things because we are taught that they are worth something. There are so many objects, resources, animals, and specimens that should be much higher on our list of what has actual “worth”. I am trying to challenge this thought by adding metallic finishes and patterns to such objects.
This body of work focuses on my response to nature and our environment. As an avid hiker, I am always excited and recharged by spending time in our woods, wetlands, and fields. I am drawn to the repetitious patterns within many natural elements and am attempting to pull them together to showcase both their similarities and differences. Some pieces have natural textures and patterns that are exemplified through painting or carving, while others have a more decorative patterned approach to continue the discussion about where we place true value. I tend to feel a sort of looming omnipresence while in the woods. Not positive or negative, just simply there. By drawing inspiration from my surroundings and the energy I feel while studying them, I am continually reminded of the fragility of life and the unavoidable presence of death in nature.
My recent work utilizes many techniques I have developed within my work in printmaking and combines them with a more 3-dimensional, sculptural based body of work. I have always been inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s use of mixed media and taxidermy throughout his work. He branded himself the “combine” artist and used a vast array of objects to create his pieces. My current work attempts to combine found objects from my adventures in nature along with more traditional printing, painting, and carving practices.