My artistic practice encompasses video, drawings, and participatory approaches that are often combined to create site-specific installations. Broadly speaking, my practice focuses on notions of impermanence in human-made and natural landscapes. Inspired by the natural and urban environments of Japan where I have been based over the last decade, my practice has developed out of an interest in the drawing medium, evolving beyond conventional formats to include a range of approaches and materials. In more recent works, I have focused on specific themes and contexts related to human interaction with the physical surface of the earth. In my latest work, A Narrative of "Nature" (2017), my interest turned to the history of Japanese forestry, and the human relationship with the Japanese cedar tree in-particular. Presented as a two-screen installation, this work meditated on anthropocentric notions of “nature” in relation to human intervention in natural environments—specifically, excessive planting of a single species which has led to their hegemonic domination in the Japanese landscape.
Continuing with this recent direction in my practice, my current area of research is concerned with exploring the origins and use of concrete in urban spaces with the aim of gaining insight into how dramatic changes in urban landscapes parallel the transformation of natural environments at human hands. It is this area of research that I plan to develop during my residency at Pier2.