Artist Statement

A life, whether human or animal, should be remembered, revered, and enshrined long after death. Relics or mementos are cherished, transcending memories of the life that was led. For centuries, Catholicism has enshrined relics of martyred saints, relics such as a torn cloak, a bone fragment, or the entirety of the entombed body in altars. Native Americans share the spirit of the bear and the wolf, by carrying claws, medicine bags, or hides and feathers on them or adorning their lodge. Every culture, or religious affiliation honor and respect the fallen, and show tribute to the spirit that remains forever in his or her own lives. In my work, I honor nature. I choose to respect the spirit and life of the animal by placing them in an eternal shrine, a reliquary. This container serves as a final resting place, honoring the animals existence, and remembering the natural beauty that they once represented in the wild. As an artist and biologist, I gather fragments of the animals habitat, research and categorize its environment, and encapsulate it in a sculptural tomb. All are mementos of life, even after death.
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"The artist's job is inventing trophies of his experiences - objects and gestures that fascinate and enthrall, not merely (as prescribed by older notions of the artist) edify or entertain. His principal means of fascinating is to advance one step further in the dialectic of outrage. The exemplary modern artist is a broker in madness."

Susan Sontag