In the short story, Signs & Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov, a character believes that Nature is communicating messages to him through patterns he perceives in the natural environment. Humanity has a long history of attempting to read nature through shamans, prophets, or scientists. A stone communicates its complicated history through its shape, color, texture, and chemical structure. This history can be read, reread, reinterpreted and still retain indecipherable elements waiting to be decoded.
My work explores how we use language, narratives, and belief structures to establish connections to our environment. I construct printed-paper sculptures and installations based on geological phenomena. These paper/rock formations are composed of various sets of 26 stones, one for each letter of the English alphabet. Using print-media I print thousands of these stones in various scales and colors, use and re-use them to encode anthropomorphized landscapes with my own language, order, and narrative.
In my modest way I am constructing a new nature. I build these landscapes with the contradictory aim of creating a convincing illusion of a reality that flaunts it’s own fabrication. These are queer structures sitting between accepted categories. They are both print and sculpture, weighty and weightless, active and paralyzed, object and sign. I present my paper in stony drag to reveal the complicated nature of accepted realities.