I explore the physical world by creating sculptures inspired by plant forms. Most everyone can identify a number of trees or flowers, but few of us are aware of the hundreds of species of fungi and myxomycetes (mik-so-mahy-seet), more commonly known as slime molds. These overlooked organisms possess a surprising beauty and exhibit a diverse range of form and color. Though individual slime molds are no bigger than a toothpick, these diminutive plants can multiply and become a dense mass several inches in size. They are also the only of their kind to possess both characteristics of animal and fungi, giving them the capability of locomotion. In my work, I try to give the viewer a sense of the visceral pleasure I enjoy as I study these organisms. My sculptures, from tabletop to architecturally scaled, are not scientific models, but fictionalized interpretations of natural forms.
Through the use of playful titles, viewers are at ease and can relate with the subject matter of my work. This in turn allows for these specimens, that are typically viewed as grotesque, to be viewed in a more alluring way. With this work I invite the viewer to experience these organisms with me and to bring this attention back to their environment.
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