The Evergreen Forest
Proudly part of the September 2014 Art Spin Tour
The Evergreen Forest is a small scale forest made of full scale matches. Each tree in this forest contains roughly 150 match heads glued to a single matchstick. This project was conceived spontaneously after stumbling upon green matches in a foreign store. One day I hope to film this forest burning down. Then present it as a public service announcement warning of the dangers of forest fires.
My work is about ideas. In opposition to concrete statements, the work can be attributed to thoughts or suggestions and exist as proposals for consideration. Scale is ambiguous within my work; these pieces could exist at any size. That said my preference of scale is that of little things, a world of the minute, of discarded fragments in my day to day experience. In my work I value the quiet personal moments of the day in which I construct small works that simulate a place for wonder and contemplation.
As an artist I am a collector of objects as much as I am a maker of objects. I see myself as an archivist of a world of found objects. Collecting and reassembling objects to create new meaning and new possibilities. My practice engages a playful balance between: humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; longevity versus ephemerality and how these relationships inform value of work.