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My work straddles the worlds of two and three dimensions. Driven by its materials, most of which come from manufactured products, that have been manipulated to comment in part upon the accumulation of cultural debris, my process allows me to make work on site where the public is invited to view the process from start to finish. What all my work shares in common is the extension of line in space, color that is used to code an emotive aspect, shadows that draw out ethereal qualities and optical exaggerations that challenge our perception of how image and meaning fuse. Much of my work elicits transformation using life processes such as pollination and migration, or cycles such as the spread of pollution and systems found in the natural world. These systems contemplate daily life as a mounting collection and collapse of observed objects and data that reconfigure communicative behavior into meaningful patterns and structures.