Busted Butte or The Evening Deadness in the West, 2007. Burnt plywood, burnt MDF, OSB, pine lumber, polysulfide rubber, acrylic, stainless steel, subsonic speaker, audio wire, 12' x 8' x 10'.
Desert cities are under constant threat from erosion,
sandstorms, flash floods, and drought.
These factors are at work daily in southern Arizona, where I was born and raised. My work in
sculpture, video, and drawing emphasizes personal
and shared anxieties regarding civilization and
the environment. By locating microcosmic cultural,
scientific, and architectural subject matter
that exhibits macrocosmic global dread (the
extinction of the dodo, fallout shelters, David
Attenborough’s mediated natural world), I seek to
distill our eco-socio-political anxiety into a portrait
of a society haunted by the specter of nameless
Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty Sponsor: Amy Hauft