I employ experimental hand papermaking processes as a primary medium throughout my practice to create complex two-dimensional and sculptural forms referencing ambiguous anthropogenic detritus. I derive the content for my work through lengthy periods of research, guided by the tenuous relationship between the utility and detritus of human-made artifacts, focusing on our burden of plastic waste. I am equally terrified and fascinated by the ability of plastic to break down into smaller and smaller microplastics, while never actually degrading. 

My research into the pervasiveness of plastics in our environments and our bodies is visualized as large scale installations of quasi-fictional landscapes. Explored through simulacra of handmade paper, projects telescope between the spaces of the microscopic human body and the vastness of worldwide bodies of water. These dimensional landscapes present themselves as detailed yet ambiguous fiber studies and fictitious maps of overwhelming polluted ocean. I utilize imagery of netting to convey multilayered references attributed to both organic bodily material and human-made, rigid, immortal plastic. The net is a malleable grid concurrently acting as a trap and a sieve, as concretely perceived through its relationship with water and aquatic life. My projects bring these abandoned human elements out of the anonymous deep ocean, and ask the viewer to confront the spectacle of our overburdened natural environment.

Through working with handmade paper, I engage with water - often site-specific water - to create imagery that is directly tied, both materially and conceptually, to that same water. Revealing a murky space occupying parallel bodies - human bodies and bodies of water - this narrative foreshadows new territory for my practice and begins to build a conceptual bridge between microplastics-polluted waterways and human bodies filled with the same microscopic plastics.