Momentary Installation, NewCastle, NSW, Australia, 2017
Polar Bear Club
Momentary Installation, Lake Tahoe, 2018
Momentary Installation, Fremont Park, Sacramento, 2016
Raised in a refugee family and trained as an architect and organic farmer, my life continues to revolve around adaptation amidst ever changing environments. The same can be said for my art and design work. In architecture, the term ‘adaptive reuse’ refers to the conversion of spaces and buildings from one purpose to another, often to meet the evolving needs of a community. In organic farming, the practice of crop rotation works similarly, relying on biodiversity and ecology to continually reinvigorate soil. My artwork follows these concepts, beginning with adaptive reuse of materials from past projects across new sites, configurations, geometries and purposes. Momentary installations of geodesic shapes are a coping strategy akin to crochet or similar meditative craftwork. They remain a core practice to discover new forms, patterns, methods and places which occasionally lead to long term installations. This is the case with the Kaleidoscope series of trellis sculptures which acts as a network of ecological sanctuaries and waystations for California Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies (Battus philenor) and other pollinators. ‘Kaleidoscope A’, one of the first in the series, is located 2 blocks south of Axis Gallery in Southside Park along the Eastern shore of the lake.