Minneapolis based Artist. Former New Mexico based Farmer. Former former Montreal based Geographer.
The language of photography is rooted in violence and control: capture, expose, shoot. Photo development traditionally uses chemicals violent to the body as the image-making language suggests. I work between the poles of the photographer-subject binary, complicating the narrative of image making, from the moment light enters the camera to the final printing of the image. I defamiliarize photo development by incorporating fungus, plant materials, and body fluids into the process, imagining alternatives to standard practice. Through such experimentation, I consider and decompose my colonial identity inseparable from photography’s violent history, into something challenging, something new for the art form, fertile ground for imagining futures. Repurposing discarded and overlooked materials, finding inspiration in the bones and soil around us, finding ways to engage and repurpose myself into something more.
My background in geography and environmental sciences taught me how ecosystems reuse materials constantly, inviting growth into new forms. Through farming I lived these ecological realities, experiencing this cycle intimately. I’m situated in the unique position of being able to bring together these disparate perspectives, intellectual / practical, conceptual / nurturing, to now be creating at the intersection of science and art. Science is understanding the knowledge of the world, art is understanding being in this world. In conjunction with plants and fungus, I experiment with the assumptions of material and process in photography, giving voice to more-than-human insights into very human aspects of identity: historical, social, sexual, gendered.