Series: Beautiful Detritus
This body of work explores how our environments and landscapes are altered by society and nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and things that we abandon. It was inspired by my time in and around the Upstate of South Carolina—a landscape dotted with the deteriorating infrastructures of old mill villages, empty storefronts, and industries of days gone by. This setting includes the intense variety of color that engulf the mountains during autumn, the faded hues of old commercial signs, and the dark tones of dilapidated structures scattered along the back roads of the south. This is a place blanketed by invasive plants such as kudzu and Japanese honeysuckle, which feverishly grow wherever they wish, enveloping everything in their path with an impenetrable blanket of green. The densely layered compositions and aged surfaces that are characteristic of my work are a reflection of my desire to emulate these settings, and to convey through the patina of wear and exposure the ephemeral nature of life. They are my interpretations of an oxymoron— a beautiful detritus.