Through my research into ceramic material I began to make connections across the field of mineral and material extraction. Coal mininghas been the predominant and monolithic industry in the region of Kentucky where I am from. The coal industry effects all aspects of the economy, landscape and people or the area. Through my continued interest in environmental activism and research in cartography I developed this installation as an abstraction of the landscape and as a representation of the numerical impacts of surface mining in the state of Kentucky. Each of the extruded tubes of clay are memorials of the 310 mountains and hills effected by these damaging irreversible mining processes. As luck would have it the piece existing in a delicate balancing stasis collapsed by a misguided foot and was transformed. Much like our environment, the work was set of on a cataclysmic course of no return until it lay in shards on the concrete floor.
Strata is an investigation into the timeline of material.
Terra cognita, or Known Land, is an installation probing into the ideas of travel and place, much like Guy Debord's The Naked City, in Terra Cognita I have dissected the landscape of the Appalachian Mountain Range and cast in ceramic samples of places which I have visited. The place samples can range hundreds of miles apart from each other while existing as islands placed side by side in both my experiential memory and in the installation. This installation maps my memory of this geographic region utilizing elements of topographic and mineral mapping techniques to create a visual field of disparate locals.