I approach art making in the manner of a Victorian naturalist by attempting to name the unnamed and gain an understanding of the world through documenting and cataloging. My work explores a range of topics including systems of thought associated with archives and other collections, natural history artifacts and the rituals of organization. My works are artificially constructed archives; they are documentary objects created in the context of becoming the very thing they document.
My approach to language as a tool to navigate the spaces between experience, perception and memory focuses on creating important connective tissue. Language externalizes the interior life. It also harvests and distills the external world, drawing it inward. In my work, cataloging and taxonomy manifest themselves as textual ritual used to aid the viewer in better situating her/his self in the world. I am fascinated with lists, categories and collections and my work attempts to bring order to those things that are least easily ordered.