I see art as an extension of scientific investigation. I work in the field of hydrology, and I spend a lot of time for my job chasing rain and floods, and standing in ephemeral rivers. I do this for the purpose of collecting scientific data, but it also satisfies my sense of adventure, and feeds my soul.
It’s common in my experience for people to think of the heart and mind operating exclusively, and we tend to look down on scientific specialization of this sort as being “not of the heart". My work is about showing that dichotomy as a lie; that the passion that lies behind scientific understanding is a spiritual one. It is an attempt to explore the parts of the world that most of us never see, or at least don’t stop to regard with the same level of investment as the things in our day-to-day lives.
My drawings and paintings call upon the forms of visual analysis I became familiar with first as a physics, then biology student: the comparison of variables such as space, time, and populations, or the attempt to schematize forces or scale relationships. These types of analyses result in a mixture of representation and abstraction as I try to place equal emphasis on objects, forces, and relationships. I also use religious and mythological iconography (for example, the Christian theme of fall and redemption as applied to extinction). The religious imagery in my work is not an end in itself, but an allegory for the processes of nature. My goal is to make the viewer relate the passion of spirituality to the scientific investigation of our surroundings.
My most recent work combines my hydrological experience with rivers with geographical, cultural, and spiritual meanings of rivers as systems. I attempt to explore my own ways of relating to rivers as multi-scale features in the landscape, as an environment, and as political and religious objects in the social consciousness.