Against Nature. 2021.
Against Nature refers to a series of autonomous installations placed as votive offerings to the rewilding landscape. Forests of oak and hickory enshroud much of the Appalachian mountains, along with a diversity of other species. Deforestation in the last four centuries forever scarred much of the terrain, but native ecological stewardship endures. Acorns and hickory nuts provide nourishment throughout the bleak season of winter, while bees often build their hives in the hollows of such trees to produce wax and honey. As a material, the wax transfuses light and imitates existing forms in nature through sympathetic metaphor to communicate across a long tradition of votive art.