My large-scale art installations are designed to provoke environmental awareness and activism. Inspired by nature, my pieces reflect the fraught ecological conditions of the landscapes in which they are situated. Minimizing the use of new materials, I incorporate recycled or reclaimed objects and biodegradable resources into pieces that draw attention to the effect of the global climate crisis on vulnerable terrains. In most cases, I find resources on-site, building immersive, ephemeral constructions that seem to converse with their local surroundings, such as a giant, stick-bound habitat hung with debris found in the Mojave Desert. But I also engage the public with participatory installations, curating interactive designs that raise awareness about vulnerable species. Almost all of my work is ephemeral, emphasizing the fragility of our ecosystems and our tenuous position in the anthropocene.
Raised in southern France and Senegal by a geologist and a biologist, I learned from an early age about the unstable relationship between industrial development and nature. I grew up with a love for the outdoors—camping and hiking were frequent pastimes—and my art deeply reflects that early passion. Although my training is in graphic design, my art is inspired by science. I begin my projects with scientific documentation of a specific ecological system, asking questions about how the climate crisis threatens the landscape.
My artwork acknowledges that our current trajectory leads to devastating outcomes. After a long period of exponential growth, human civilization faces systemic collapse within decades. Some stages of this collapse are already underway, but it is still possible to change course. My pieces reflect the webbed integration of systems—pointing out the inextricability of economics, production, resource extraction, social justice, health, and the environment. My installations and other art projects call urgent attention to the way human activity impacts the natural spaces we so often take for granted, despite their beauty.
Although I live and work in Sunnyvale, California, my exhibits and installations have been featured across North America and Europe.