While young I learned that my ancestors were buried at sea. My child mind linked this fluid space to family. This connection caused me to lay claim to the ocean, even though I had never seen one. After drafting a list of islands and eighteen years later, I began the journey that would take me to the people who inhabit three oceans. The traditional knowledge that was shared with me has become the foundation of my art making.
I develop ideas based on the experiences of a community. I then collect materials that contain memories of those histories. Collecting is part of the physicality of the work, from diving to retrieve hundreds of golf balls from the ocean floor to hand picking the seeds of invasive plants, these symbolic solutions illuminate humankind's increasingly complex relationship to the environment and technology.