Portfolio and Projects

Artist Statement
My work melds my interests in science, the environment, and public policy. I am particularly interested in the way humankind influences nature, habitats, and species. My projects focus on issues like society's use of technology, species extinction, and climate change. I use simple tools and processes in my home studio (all hand-wrought, no printing presses) to create wood and linoleum block prints that reflect this intersection of humankind and nature.

Climate Change: Candy Cow

Killer Hornets

Neonicotinoids and Colony Collapse Disorder

Clockwork Invertebrates
Clockwork bee

                                                      Clockwork Jellyfish 

This series recreates and envisions invertebrates (think insects, spiders, and crustacean-type creatures) and some flowers, as clockwork.This series explores the idea of environmental re-creation. The de-extinction movement believes that through DNA splicing we can remake any species that have gone extinct. This begs several questions such as: Do we have the right to re-create species that our own actions have eliminated? Is a created species—one that genetically mimics an extinct species— really a member of the extinct species, or something different? Will we de-emphasize conservation and habitat protection if we can simply re-make anything we destroy? This work questions the role humans play in balancing economic, environmental, social, and political goals. Work includes pen and ink drawings, watercolor, and carved woodblocks. Find more of this series at my Tumblr Steampunk Invertebrates.

Insects and Arthropods

Stag beetle                                               Small monarch

As a lifelong insect collector, I have been making images of the insects I find in the world around me for over twenty years. Due to their small size and elusive nature, arthropods are often ignored or disparaged. Yet these species can be integral to ecosystems, may serve roles as keystone species, and can function as nutrient providers and waste processors. 

Extant. Extinct.
Agrotis crinigera. The Poko Noctuid Moth was last seen in Hawaii in 1926

Agrotis fasciata was last seen in 1908

Find more at my ETSY page BugGirlArt or on my Tumblr Bug Girl

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