"My work explores the concept of removal by examining and re-imagining fragments of marine debris I have collected over the past few years. Utilizing the shapes of these fragments in different spacial dimensions, negative and positive, I hope to offer insight into the process and result of physically and metaphorically removing something destructive from one's environment.
In the ‘removal’ series, a rich black charcoal line with a surrounding black wash defines the shape of each destructive fragment. Inside, there is a stark negative area where each fragment has been removed. The effectiveness of removal varies from piece to piece and therefore is an accurate portrayal of just how difficult it can be.
In contrast, the ‘trace’ series is rich in both texture and color. There is a clear impression in the surface of each painting where a fragment has been removed. In the absence of the destructive fragment, vibrant colors are revealed, celebrating the beauty created by removal.
The removal of something destructive is a powerful and beautiful tool we all possess; however, it is not always simple or easy. Recognizing the destruction is the first step and attempting to remove it is the next. Whether this process of removal results in a void or loss, or whether this removal results in the creation of something new and beautiful, it is entirely up to oneself."