Artist’s Statement

My work can best be defined as Conceptual Land Art.

I am interested in spaces, both physical and psychological, and how the two relate to one another. I create site-specific projects in wide-open and extremely remote landscapes, where the severance from busy and hectic civilization creates distance from the “real world.”

My projects exist only for a few hours or days at a time. Before they are disassembled and the landscape is returned to its original condition I document them through large-scale photography, video and text. Most of the materials I use are collected or borrowed from nature and then later left to return to their natural cycles. Sometimes I simply use my own body as the primary medium.

Performance and ritual have always played an essential role in my work as space takes on significance through actions performed in it. During a series of projects in Newfoundland I began developing a closer connection with the spirits of nature and began cultivating an interest in Shamanism, which has become an important focus in my life and is intimately connected to my work.

As I am deeply involved with issues concerning the ecology of the planet, I feel responsible for bringing attention to the ways humans are depleting our eco-system, and have begun to work on installations that include human interaction and initiate a dialogue that brings awareness to the endemic environmental issues affecting our planet.

Airstream in Wide Open Prairie, Nebraska, 1997

Airstream in Wide Open Prairie
Nebraska, 1997

My 1971 vintage Airstream trailer, which I adapted to become my studio and darkroom for traveling. It allows me to spend extended periods of time in remote sites in nature, without any contact with other humans and the rest of civilization.