Mary Shelley’s Wet Dream - detail of handle and wheel

Mary Shelley’s Wet Dream - detail of handle and wheel

Mary Shelley’s Wet Dream - detail of handle and wheel

Mary Shelley’s Wet Dream - detail of handle and wheel

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My artistic process investigates how we scientifically contextualize the human body in the world. I am inspired by how matter is constructed at the molecular and sub atomic levels and how these smallest of pieces of the universe comprise living things. Biology allows the universe to become more than just compounds, to become aware of itself. I am enthralled by this phenomenon and of the difference between inert and biologically sequestered matter.
Until recently, science has only been trying to understand biology. Now we are taking steps to reverse engineer it. Because of its relationship to the human body, our platform for experiencing life, biotechnology may be the most powerful technology we develop. Despite this, our recent and astonishing advances in this field are not widely known.
In steel my work seeks to expose the ambiguous relationship we have with matter in so much as it is still not completely understood, yet comprises our very bodies. In bronze, my artwork illustrates the potential future of physical form. Every scientific breakthrough holds the key to heaven, but that same key can also unlock the gates of hell. It may be thousands of years before humanity adopts a form much different from the one we now inhabit. It is my hope that the bronze sculptures I make will help inspire people to seek and explore the positive potentials of biotechnology. People who will help all of humanity find a greater connection with the natural world rather than pursue the separation life within machines will bring.

While studying for my BFA at Maine College of Art my undergraduate work coalesced in metal and motion around environmental themes.