About

My work explores the connections and disconnections between humans and nature by comparing their internal cellular structures. The cellular structures in human and plant bodies repeatedly mirror one another; visually through their shape and physically through their function. The xylem and phloem in trees resemble the arteries and capillaries of the human circulatory system, while the ridges and valleys of bark are echoed microscopically in skin.

In my work, human bone marrow, cells and arteries are interwoven with tree vessels, pores and bark. These microscopic images, taken out of their original context, often become indistinguishable from one another. Using the structural patterning of the cells as a foundation, I reorganize the organisms.

During my painting process, I imagine cellular forms morphing and evolving to emerge as new entities. The human and tree cells intermingle, transitioning from their predictable biological forms to ones that are fluid and erratic, as if in a state of perpetual unrest. The joining of human and tree imagery solidifies their bond by placing them in equal balance with one another. This melding proposes that one questions their personal and human relationship within and towards the natural environment.