Artwork > The desert

This body of work casts a light on my personal encounters in my new home in the desert. My graphite drawings and cement sculptures offer an immersive experience of foreseen environmental events from the perspective of a former midwesterner. I use self-portraiture in highly-detailed desert settings, invaded by humorous narratives that seem almost too strange to believe. By providing the viewer this particular lens, I am able to create mysterious predictions of the future—one without water, without protection from the sun, and without the skills needed in dry climate conditions, which result in heatstroke, paranoia, or hallucination—thereby stimulating the viewer to consider the consequences of climate change.

Could have been avoided with preparation.
graphite pencil on paper
60 x 40 inches
2018
Building a survival kit is your best asset in an an emergency.
graphite pencil on paper
44 x 30.5 inches
2018
Panic can induce a feeling of hopelessness.
graphite pencil on paper
36 x 49 inches
2018

Plan ways to attract the attention of search and rescue teams.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Be prepared to adapt and improvise.
graphite pencil on paper
30 x 22 inches
2018
In the worst case, become nocturnal.
graphite pencil on paper
34 x 49 inches
2018
Her ability for rational thinking greatly diminished.
graphite pencil on paper
43.25 x 29.5 inches
2018
Then She Knew
graphite pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches
2017
Attempt to ease the discomfort of overheating.
gypsum cement and wood
5 x 2 x 1 inches
2018
Attempt to ease the discomfort of overheating. (detail)
gypsum cement and wood
5 x 2 x 1 inches (each)
2018
Don't get burned.
gypsum cement
7.5 x 13.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
Don't get burned.
gypsum cement
7.5 x 13.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
Contrary to some sources, not all cactus flesh is edible.
gypsum cement
8.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
2018
Contrary to some sources, not all cactus flesh is edible.
gypsum cement
8.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
2018