Landscape and Mechanism

These oil paintings depict rugged landscapes interrupted and dominated by huge, sophisticated architectural follies and scientific instruments, from telescopes and particle colliders to neutrino detectors. The contrast between the turbulent natural environment, empty city buildings, and looming, ominous technology evokes questions about the promise of scientific discovery, the place of humans in the landscape, and the risks inherent in human interventions in nature. I seek to understand the present and contemplate possible futures, an aesthetic that captures urgency and hope for both the preservation of nature and the ambitions of civilization.