Disrupted Gardens includes a subseries, Specimens, three-dimensional paintings made from natural materials and trash I’ve found on walks combined with encaustic paint.  Specimens are physical products from thought experiments on a post-apocalyptic environment where nature has evolved, for better or worse, a unique way to synthesize environmental pollutants by fusing these with plants, fungi, rocks, and skeletal remains.  I use encaustic (warm wax and pigment) to bind the materials together as it can be manipulated to mimic many surfaces and substances in nature.  In the spirit of Fluxus, Specimens are political, experimental, and emphasize the practice and process over the product. The objects are intended to invite the viewer to determine the validity of the “artwork” and their response to an environmental statement. The objects are intended to invite the viewer to determine the validity of the “artwork” and their response to an environmental statement. The objects invite the viewer to make their own existential DIY proposals.  The content of each piece unfolds during the process and is usually completed in an hour or less.

In a time of climate change, economic stressors, pandemics, and toxic politics we need to slow down and open-mindedly consider new perspectives to solve these problems and strengthen our fragile connection to each other and the environment. Similarly, an artist, by investigating innovative creative processes can find alternative ways of making, thinking, and seeing that serve as catalyst for artistic growth and ultimately positive change for our planet. What do we practice individually and collectively?

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Hosed

Encaustic and found materials (knee-high hose, stones, pebbles), c. 5″x3″x3″, 2021

Disney Princess

Encaustic and found materials (rubber glove, Disney Princess label, glass, ceramic shard, burned wood), 8″x8″x7″, 2021

Water Sky on a Half Shell

Encaustic and found materials (branch pieces, wine corks, salt rocks, rocks, animal teeth, oyster shell), 5″x3″x5″, 2021

Bud Light

Encaustic and found materials (cement fragment, animal teeth, bud light cap, hair, dried grass), 5″x4.5″x2.5″, 2021

Wild Island Pull Tab

Encaustic and found materials (log chunk, burned wood, pine needed, aluminum pull tab), c. 5″x8″x4″, 2021

Sailing Bread Tag

Encaustic and found materials (tree branch, burned wood, plastic bread tag), 2021

Glass Mushrooms

Encaustic and found materials (plastic, pottery shard, glass, branch sections), c. 5″x5″x8″, 2021

Plastic Present

Encaustic and found materials (sticks, rocks, burned wood, plastic, rope), c. 4″x6″x2″, 2021

Cancer Warning

Encaustic and found materials (sections of tree branch, rocks, cigarettes, cancer warning label), c. 5″x2″x2″, 2021

Wabi-sabi

Encaustic and found materials (sticks, steel l-rod, leaves, rubber bands, bone, ceramic shard, stick, elastic string), 8″x5″x3″, 2021