1 June - 31 July 2021

My work addresses the discomfort we often feel with taboo subjects such as death and decay, and our impulse to avoid them, physically and emotionally. I draw from a variety of sources in the natural world, including carcasses, skeletal structures, biological specimens, taxidermy, fungi, plant life, and general animal and human anatomy. I'm particularly interested in creatures onto which we have placed a stigma – bats, giant squid, sharks, and spiders, to name a few. We’ve created a culture of fear and developed rich mythologies around these animals. I aim to confront people with subjects they might typically shy away from by transforming ideas traditionally interpreted as grotesque, ominous, and stigmatic into new forms with beauty. I am not trying to eradicate the initial gut reaction or discomfort, but to help the viewer recognize and exist with it.