Motivated by respectful collaboration with the natural world, I draw on a background of landscape studies and ecological activism to engage in gestures of communication with landscapes and the nonhuman. My practice is an open series of projects and research aimed toward destabilizing a human-centric experience, to practice and propose alternatives to human-centered ecosystems in an era of climate change and ecological crises. In my work, I temporarily invert traditional hierarchies, so that we might experiment with new forms of relationship.
My work situates me sensually in different roles among plants, landscapes, and other materials as media, message, and facilitator of communication. I want to focus on feeling because it moves us away from communication being strictly cognitive. In some alteration of the one who feels* and it takes time to process unintended harm, I work with a poison ivy plant and its toxic urushiol, using my skin as a media for chemical communication. This strategy becomes a shared practice in the form of urushiol tattoos. In written by trees I am an editor and listener, reversing literary gestures by querying an oak tree in a durational project using sensors, custom software, and algorithmic gestures. In phytovision and concert for plants by plants I am a facilitator of phytocentric attention, reworking human-centered cultural objects such as concerts, cinema and television for plant perception.
I find my role as a human role in a global ecosystem contingent, uncertain. From this profound vulnerability I practice new myths of identity, assert quiet opposition, hover in the slippages between self and environment, and engage in practices of active and sensual listening.
* From Steven Shaviro, The Universe of Things, 2010, "A feeling always involves some alteration of the one who feels."