Artist Statement

As an interdisciplinary visual artist and sacred activist, I work across disciplines to explore the intersection of theology, culture, mythology, and deep ecology. My work is informed by my love for the earth and engagement with many forms of artistic expression that include painting, sculpture, installation, and ceremony. An avid researcher of historical and contemporary texts, I seek to incorporate and revision my research creating works that reveal the sacredness of the creation and our interconnectedness in the life web, and to raise awareness of endangered species. During this evolutionary time, we are called to co-create a new collective narrative, or story, for living in reciprocity with the living earth and with each other if we are to ensure a livable planet for future generations. My work is a contribution and a prayer toward this transformative vision.

Vision
Emerging out of my Master’s research in religion 15 years ago, the vision for my work is founded on my belief that the ecological and climate crises are a spiritual crisis. That in the developed world, humanity has become too far removed from our innate interconnectedness in the web of life and are destroying the land base on which all life is dependent. This way of being has evolved over the millennia beginning, in part, with the rise of monotheistic religious traditions that reverence a transcendent God, while rejecting the holiness of the natural world.

Alongside our current paradigm, we are also seeing a resurgence of Native American and indigenous ways of knowing that remind us that the earth is sacred and worthy of our reverence. I also believe that each of us has this wisdom within us (our ancestors were all once indigenous to their homeland), it has only been forgotten over thousands of years by religions that placed a transcendent god above, separating us further from the divinity inherent in all creation. Through my work, I am inviting a marriage of these two narratives—a spirituality that is both transcendent and immanent. One need not deny faith in God, Allah, Yahweh, Christ, Krishna, Buddha, or science but we must—for the health of our planet and for the survival of all life on earth—likewise reverence the earth with the same devotion and gratitude. (Thankfully, many people of faith are now reclaiming an ecological ethic in their communities and are taking action on behalf of all creation. Very hopeful!)

I believe it is within this landscape where art has the transformative power to open our hearts to the beauty of our world and to our innate interdependence in the web of life. May all beings awaken to the awe and wonder of this holy creation and take the necessary steps to insure a more sustainable, just and peaceful world for all beings and future generations to come. Peace. Shalom. Salam.