Invasive Species, recycled mixed media, 2008-2012

Made entirely of recycled materials such as tar paper, pond liner, cheap beer cans, and speaker wire; this series replicates various invasive weed species in the state of Washington and sites them in their imagined habitats in both rural and urban environments.  Blackberries, morning glory, ivy, crabgrass, and kudzu sprout from cracks and emerge from crevices, stealthily laying claim to landscape.  

Playing off the tension of materials and site and our capacity to ignore what is not valuable, conceived as street art, Invasive Species invites a closer look at weeds, our ecology and our detritus, and points out our own invasive tendencies.  

Invasive Species have colonized The Last Chance Travel Agency, Roq La Rue Gallery’s Red Current/Sweet Fruit exhibit, was a featured installation set for Cafe Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, emerged during the Capitol Hill Block Party, and will be popping up along the route of the NEPO House 5K in early September and Small Voids and Spectrecle in October 2012.  

Shelf Fungus

Time-based site specific installation, Smoke Farm, 2009 - 2011

Carved law books (1880-1930s), mycelium, wax, steel

Carved of property case law books from 1880-1935, these shelf fungus forms were inoculated with mushroom mycelium, coated in wax and installed on in a grove of nurse stumps that are the remaining scars of old-growth logging in the Pacific Northwest.  Sited in a cedar grove undergoing ecological restoration at Smoke Farm, an old dairy farm logged in the latter part of the 19th century, this installation was initially conceptualized as both a pun on the fate of the printed book and a way to return paper pulp from these law volumes to the state of decay they would have enjoyed had they never been logged.  Using an adapted mycological technique, the mycelium was intended to colonize the paper of the books and gradually consume them, eventually fruiting as mushrooms and returning the paper to a current and living part of the ancient cycle of decay and regeneration.  Effective remediators of heavy metals, the mushrooms would also uptake the heavy metals present in the printing inks of that era.

Nature had other ideas, however, and the mycelium did not appear to fully colonize the books in the two years they were installed.  However, other interesting and unexpected results showed themselves, including various forms of mildew and algal growth, spider nurseries, unexplained blue stains and holes, cracking and peeling under the force of rain and snow, and two instances of an animal, believed to be a black bear, biting the books and leaving incisor marks, including a young black bear caught on a time lapse camera destroying about half the installation in the summer of 2011 and thus bringing the project to a satisfying end.

Microscope series, bronze, 2003

Monuments to the unseen, this series explores fabricating microscopic organisms out of organic trash such as seed pods and branches.  The originals were then burned out in the kiln, resulting in singular bronze sculptures as individual as the materials that created them.