Microcosms + Macrocosms
To create this series I use natural materials foraged from heavily urban and high traffic areas. I then arrange the materials following a sequence based on the Golden Ratio, represented as 1.618, also known as Phi, a proportion used in art and architecture, which is also found in nature as in an ocean’s wave or the spiral of a galaxy. Using an office scanner inverted, I then scan the arrangement in sections. In post-production I digitally blend dozens of scans to create each final artwork. No two objects are duplicated, each object is unique.
By taking common natural materials, I am looking at what is tremendously ubiquitous from an individual and macro perspective. The natural materials I use are plants that grow wild in coastal British Columbia and can be found both in forests and alongside the man-made materials in concrete wastelands where heavily manicured patches of nature have been dropped in, such as parking lots near mega-mall department stores.
Rather than look at our landscape as a whole, I look at its minutiae: specifically the wild and weed flora and fauna. My art questions the significance these objects have in our landscape. Weeds, for example, are removed because they “litter” our lawns even though they are valuable to the struggling honey bee.
This series is a work in progress and is currently incomplete.