For a number of years, I’ve been using The Reclamation Project as a way to focus my work.
While much of my recent carving, painting and installation continues to be grounded in
environmental aesthetics–using the beauty of art to dialogue with audiences about recycling
and reconnecting with nature–my desires for reclamation extend to my general feelings
about how society discards concepts, fads and much of which it feels to be difficult or
uncomfortable or transitory. Currently, I’m exploring new ways to increase cultural
intelligibility and understanding.
Thus, I discuss gentrification by making portraits out of photos found in dumpsters
in up-and-coming neighborhoods.
I comment on intelligibility and cultural spread by using Chinese characters and
I attempt to demystify the art process by comfortably discussing my lack of formal
art training, by instructing anyone on the specifics of my techniques and by listing
the materials that go into each work rather than picking a canonically approved medium
I make and show art in galleries, cafes, art fairs, street fairs, public buildings,
private yards, homeless encampments, beaches, offices, telephone poles and anywhere else
that will allow me to explore differing types of audience interaction, therefore, different
dialogues about my concerns.
In the coming year I will be touring a show of fishbirds swimming around Portland landmarks
to discuss layers of understanding about our local political process and I will be the Artist
Residence at the Oregon School of the Deaf to help the students explore issues with communication
between multiple languages intersecting in a common culture.
Remember — Reclaim — Restore