Throughout the history of human settlement, it has been necessary for us to live near fresh water for survival. Rivers have allowed us not only to live but to thrive, to travel to new lands, transport goods, and encounter new people and cultures. They represent the life of a city; the reason we live where we do and are able to develop our societies and advance our lives.
Rather than continue to have a relationship with the rivers which have supported us, we in turn pollute them, attempt to control them with dams, deplete them with irrigation and forget that they are more than something to just exploit- but rather the reason we are able to exist.
In my latest body of work, I explored the majesty of rivers- specifically the Missouri River because of its importance to Omaha, and the Midwest. The Missouri River produces the water we drink everyday, the water that washes our bodies and replenishes our soil. In turn we overlook this dynamic beauty that spans states, stretches thousands of miles and is constantly changing. As it flows, it becomes wider and deeper while also impacting the surrounding landscape and environment. From the banks it carves into, to the bridges that must be built to cross it, the river dictates its course, even while we try to govern the path.
My media is primarily concept driven, currently I am working with a mixture of relief prints, cut paper and drawing to create my riverscapes. To show the different ways we view our surroundings I utilize both sides of my prints and create contrasting images. I am interested in challenging traditional installations of print and creating a space that illustrates the extreme vastness of our world.