This series has developed from an interest in the interaction between humanity and nature and society's increasing distance from the natural world. I am fascinated by how our fabricated structures relate to, alter, and engage with nature. My oil paintings combine built dwellings with hexagonal wasp nest cells and seek to showcase structural similarities between the two. At first my interest in the nests stemmed from the precise intricacy and fragility of their design. This led me to consider the architectural landscape that humans inhabit, and the similar brittleness of our structures. There is an ongoing process of construction and decay within our world which cannot be overcome by human efforts.
Hexagons show up repeatedly throughout my paintings as points of intersection between mankindand nature. They represent powerful and efficient structure and show the order and mathematics that belie the apparent chaos of the natural world. I employ architecture that incorporates elements of skeletal construction; simultaneously showing fortification and exposure. The protection and comfort of these dwellings are progressively dwindling. The paintings have aspects of familiarity, yet create a new reality of buildings tangled with a bizarre landscape.
These building-hive hybrids expose the psychological insecurity of our daily lives by showing how our structures become unstable when in contact with the natural world. The paintings serve as a metaphor for our elusive human desire for safety and control.