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…but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.
— Robert Smithson

Landscaping practices point to our idealization of nature, curating land to be what we find attractive. I respond through material and construction to city landscaping and structure and my own impulse to plant a palm tree, exploring why we choose to seemingly improve the aesthetic appearance of our surroundings by often eradicating the “natural” in preference of the artificial.

I weave as a response to this built environment. The grid provides essential architecture to both the city and woven cloth. Through observation of the gridded streets and buildings constructed of steel and concrete, I utilize the same materials to create responsive sculptures that present an opposing narrative to that of the solid and stable architecture. These works offer parallels between natural and synthetic, stable and decrepit, strength and fragility and embrace the temporal qualities of our fabricated environments.

Through drawing and pattern, I employ a sense of the absurd to question these desires. Rows of mountains claim to be ideal additions to any yard, and gridded palm trees intervene in the landscape much like the concrete urban space. By dissecting these alterations, I am organizing, analyzing, and constructing works to better understand place.