Creating cognitive dissonance by transforming trash into evocative objects of abstract seduction, that bring a sense of beauty to what is considered environmentally devastating situations, is what compels me to make my current work. Since 2005, I have made sculptures and drawings which respond to the by products of our society’s rampant consumerism and the harm we have done to the land, oceans, flora and fauna, as well as our own bodies.

By using mundane and utilitarian materials and images of plastic or computer detritus, I aim to show viewers my, and their, complicity in creating climate change, while making visually intriguing works. The physical qualities embodied in this waste provide a rich range of possibilities for transformation into both 2-D and 3-D forms.

Having worked since 1992 as primarily a materials-based sculptor, combining natural and human-made, unrelated materials to represent dualities, in recent years my artistic practice has evolved to include drawing. Like the oppositions represented in the sculptures, the drawings utilize a process that is digital and analog, using both computer manipulated images and conventional drawing materials. Being a medium which embodies illusion, the drawings also contrast figurative and abstract forms.

A recent work, Plastic Bags In Water 5, combines my drawing and sculpture into a single work, and occupies a space somewhere between drawing, sculpture and installation. I drew on top of a digitally created and printed image with both conventional drawing mediums, such as pastel and charcoal, and unconventional ones like torn plastic bags. The bags flow off the wall and onto the floor. The piece also incorporates a sculptural form which both extends more aggressively into the viewers’ space, as well as referencing the 2-dimensional linear marks in the drawings. It becomes a conversation between the mediums.