ARTIST STATEMENT

Having just moved my family from our home in New Orleans, one of the fastest disappearing land masses in the world, my work is a meditation on land loss, color memory, and the search for answers in the face of climate change. 

My process starts with researching the history that has been baked into the land and how that history connects to the land's present environmental crises. I forage a few handfuls of earth (clay, top soil, discarded bricks, oak galls, decaying tree bark) and process them into fine pigments which become the first layers of each painting. From there, I add water and synthetic color to the land and respond to what happens. 

The materials often mirror land loss on the canvas. As is true of the levees and the Mississippi River, I find the work is most successful when I work with the elements instead of trying to control them. As I continue to find my place among the shifts of the earth, I find comfort in the visual parallels between the shapes of pooling water and the shapes of cellular and solar forms.

I believe the earth has a long memory and that we do not - intentionally or otherwise. I view my roles as an artist, mother, historian, and citizen as deeply intertwined and linked to the same core responsibilities: interrogate imbalances, reckon with hard histories, create beauty, and work towards a future of natural equilibrium.