Sculpture and Installation > 80 Million Gallon Summer 40 Million-Gallon Winter

 Wetland Worm
plastic, natural material, ceramic
11 in x 11 in x 5 in
2012
Wetland Worm (detail)
plastic, natural material, ceramic
11 in x 11 in x 5 in
2012
Horn Worm
horn, plastic, clay
10 in x 5 in x 4 in
2012
Muted Muscles
plastic, sulphur, metal can
1 ft x 6 in x 6 in
2012
Muted Muscles (detail)
plastic, sulphur, metal can
1 ft x 6 in x 6 in
2012
Helios Worms
porcelain, sculpey, gold luster, crystal
1.5 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft
2012
Helio Worms (detail)
porcelain, sculpey, gold luster, crystal
1.5 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft
2012
Helio Worms (detail)
porcelain, sculpey, gold luster, crystal
1.5 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft
2012
Pectinatella magnifica
porcelain, glass, can, wood
9 in x 7 in x 7 in
2012
Pectinatella magnifica (detail)
porcelain, glass, can, wood
9 in x 7 in x 7 in
2012
Fungi Like Benthic Communities
glass block, sculpey, shell, plastic, silver, wood
1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft
2012
Fungi Like Benthic Communities (detail)
glass block, sculpey, shell, plastic, silver, wood
1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft
2012
Fungi Like Benthic Communities (detail)
glass block, sculpey, shell, plastic, silver, wood
1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft
2012
 Podaxis mushroom, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii
ceramic pumpkin, plastic, foam, sculpey
2 ft x 1.5 ft x 1 ft
2012
 Podaxis mushroom, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii (side view)
ceramic pumpkin, plastic, foam, sculpey
1.5 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft
2012
 Podaxis mushroom, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii (detail)
ceramic pumpkin, plastic, foam, sculpey
1.5 ft x 2 ft x 1 ft
2012

This was my first solo show, it took place at the Holland Project Gallery in Reno NV.

I was recently struck by a statistic about Reno’s water usage; 80 million gallons of fresh water are used every day in the summer months and 40 million gallons of fresh water are used in the winter.
This statistic amazed me. While I certainly understand you need more drinking water in the summer heat, 17% of that water is used to keep people’s lawns lush and green.
How are we affected by this? How do wetlands and rivers fare? Which chemicals are used to treat water? What are the long-term effects upon our landscape, flora and fauna?
With this body of work I aim highlight species that adapt and thrive among catastrophic ecological events. I have chosen the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe because of their fresh drinkable water and because of the tumultuous history of water and ecology in Nevada.