Artist Statements 2015-2017

Honeycomb Cities - 2017

This summer, after five years of bee-keeping, 16,000 of my family’s honeybees were killed as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder. What this means, is that somewhere near my house, the honeybees collected nectar from plants fed with pesticides, which resulted in their immediate death. This is happening to hives not only in the country, but all over the world.   Because of human error, these voiceless insects are the most recent addition to the endangered species list.

Angered by this, I wondered: If honeybees could take their revenge, how would they do it? The similarities between hives and cities are too obvious to ignore; I imagined them covering our cities from New York to Los Angeles to Florence in honeycomb.

Taking this idea through to its logical conclusion, I researched basic urban plans of cities and imagined what they would look like covered in honeycomb. By utilizing ink, graphite and printmaking to realize my vision, I hope to give the honeybees a voice. 

I'm From the South - 2015

For most of my life, I have been ashamed of where I am from.  I felt that being from South Carolina meant that others would view me as part of a group I didn't necessarily want to be a part of, whether that be political or religious.  I tried so hard to disassociate myself with the place I am from, without realizing how crucial the south has been to my identity.

For me, being from the south means that I have felt the blue ridge mountains beneath my feet, smelled the beeswax and honey of my father's beehives, listened to the laughter of chickens in henrietta's farm.  These works are a series of lithographs I completed in the summer of 2015.  Each piece grapples with understanding what "being from the south" means to me; a red and blue contrast that i'm still working to understand.