In 2067 I’ll be 72. The year is noteworthy for two reasons: It marks half a century from when I’m writing this and it’s the year BP once estimated in their 2014 annual report that we’ll be out of oil at current production rates. 

Working predominantly in sculpture, video and social practice I aim to position myself between economies of power within the current context of global environmental degradation. I do this both in my individual work and with the Institute of Queer Ecology , a collaborative organism dedicated to bringing queer discourse to ecology. The platform’s mission is to use biology and evolution to contextualize non-normative sexualities, adaptations and presentations, while deconstructing notions of human supremacy. Through this project that I began in January 2017, I work with a rotating team of collaborators to program interdisciplinary projects such as migratory exhibitions, online publications, and a yearly journal. 

My work, in a nod to biodiversity, employs various methods that achieve the crudest form of animation. In contrast to a canonical history of monumental sculpture, I try to embrace precarity and decomposition with objects that melt and fall apart, implying a lifespan. My recent installation at Biosphere 2, A Love ThatBears No Fruit , utilized many of these animating processes. Sculptures made of beeswax would warp in the hot room they were installed in, while a pair of hummingbird bodies decayed on a century plant leaf.More beeswax, which had been amalgamated with photochromic pigments was shaped into floral shapes and would luminisce to mimic the nectar lines that flowers display under UV light to pollinator species. On good days, I reject bleak forecasts with a humorous, colorful and queer aesthetic that manifests itself through inventive and organic forms, often referential to botanical still lives, banal garden sculpture, and aquarium tanks. Containment and control are revisited constantly, as I draw parallels between the subjugation of other organisms and the oppression of marginalized people. Much of my decision making comes from analyzing my positionality on an unhealthy planet, as a queer person, reflecting on an evolutionary lineage of reproduction that brings me to a place, here now, in the deepest present, imagining what’s survived and what’s emerged, 50 years in the future.

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