As climate change and environmental degradation impact communities at increasing rates across the globe, the institutionalized walls blocking ecological subjects and environmental justice from being understood by the general population must be broken down to ensure human adaption and a resilient future. These walls leave ‘non-experts’ out of critical decision making processes that guide their everyday lives.
I believe that everyone, myself included, designs to ease pain. I see environmental issues as an immense threat to human quality of life, and am constantly exploring ways to breakdown and informalize planning and reform processes by producing participatory and communicative works that prompt viewers to question their own notions of expertise.
By embracing the ambiguity within the ‘fuzzy front end’ of design, and challenging traditional notions of artistic authorship and labor my works provide a framework for others to stretch and flex their own knowledge and creative instincts. In a quest to leave as few layers between information and viewers as possible I am drawn to public spaces, designing accessible public installations, events, and workshops that push people to acknowledge their own agency, as well as the agency of objects and the larger ecologies they inhabit.
My works are informed by a combination of interviews, site visits, participatory workshops, secondary research, and self reflection, often compiled into an iterative series that can be replicated within various communities in an array of scales. In the works below deliverables are sometimes not tangible, existing as design concepts, and/or feelings of empowerment and understanding within participants.