Heron: Anatomy of a Habitat (2017), currently on view at The Wild Bird Fund Gallery
This work was inspired by my fascination with birds and an ever-pressing sense of pending environmental disasters in the face of our political climate. I am deeply shaken by the disregard for and loss of our natural habitats. I am in awe of the natural processes that have enabled the survival of some, and the demise of others. At this crucial moment in history, how far will nature adapt in the face of man-made catastrophes?
A most remarkable creature and descendant of the dinosaur, the heron’s evolutionary adaptations are clearly reflected in their long necks, delicate legs and extended beaks. Existing on almost all continents and climates, they strike me as creatures of astounding elegance and perseverance.
The act of creating this work was an eye-opening journey in studying the anatomy of the heron, coupled by the act of destruction- an inherent part of the creative process-- and a frightening reminder of the power of the human hand. At what price are we willing to wield our power as humans?
Paper Aviary (2015), The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, Flushing, NY
The Magical Theater (2014) , Oak Street pop-up gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Inspired by Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf, this was an installation of cotton sculptures based on the wolf’s form, exploring human psychology, particularly the contrast between our internal, emotional worlds, what we project outwardly, and others' perceptions of us. While the most "evolved” of the animal kingdom, we are ultimately animals. Hunting, mating, howling, sleeping, tending to our young, are all instincts we have in common with other mammals. We may dress these up with sophisticated theories and approaches, but ultimately, the lower brain often dictates our survival or demise. Through these wolves, I portray the animal within each of us.
The sculptures were lit from below and positioned onto slow-rotating motors, casting large, moving shadows onto the gallery walls.
“Only within yourself exists that other reality for which you long.
I can give you nothing that has not already its being within yourself…”
- Excerpt from Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse
From 2001-2010 I worked making displays and props for Bergdorf Goodman's store interiors and windows. Below are just a few highlights of my time there.
The Magical Theater