• Thinking Tree

    Live tree (Carya ovata),  photoluminescent pigment. Dimensions: approximately 6 x 4  x 4 feet / 1,82 m x 1,21 m x 1,21 m

    This project was made during a residency at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. It is a site-specific environmental intervention visible only during the night. The smallest branches of a live tree, charged from sunlight, glow after dark. Their drawing in space mirrors, through their morphology, the image of human neurons firing.

    I consider every form in nature the result of a complex system of self-organization. I am fascinated by similarities between seemingly unrelated organisms, particularly between the human body and other organisms, which I feel compelled to make visible.

  • Untitled (Wall Stories)

    Intervention; photoluminescent pigment on building.

    This project is site-specific work done in a remote village in the Danube Delta, Romania.

    Using the site of an existing house in ruin, I painted some of the walls with photoluminescent pigment. The images are invisible during the day, but once charged from sunlight they slowly, become visible after sunset.

    I see these images as visual manifestations of the memories and the spiritual history of the place. As an unheard whisper that becomes audible after dark, these images recall the life and prayers of those who once inhabited this space.

  • The Secret Life of Things

    Wood table and chairs, paint, photoluminescent pigment. Dimensions vary.

    This project is part of an ongoing series of works that utilize photoluminescent pigment.

    During the day, this piece is no more than an everyday object, a table and two chairs set in a remote meadow. A conspicuous image, a possible place to stop and rest. At night it undergoes a transformation: the tops of the table and the two chairs begin to glow. The table has absorbed sunlight during the day and is now emitting its own light, creating the illusion of a table and chairs suspended in mid air. The glow can last for most of the night and is intense enough to illuminate those who might sit at the table.

    This work is part of my continued interest in creating hybridized objects that fuse aspects of both natural and man-made materials. Even though this is not a living organism, it is reacting and responding to its environment, changing its inner structure (by accumulating photons and releasing them at a much slower rate than normal objects) thus revealing a physical world much more complex and profound than our conventional understanding allows.

  • Forest Alms

    Mushroom (Stropharia rugoso-annulata), wood chips, branches, straw, and moss. Dimensions: 38” dia.; 24” dia.; 15” dia.

    Environmental intervention made during a residency at I-Park, Connecticut.

    This intervention consists of 3 rings of woven branches installed on the forest floor, each containing layers of wood chips inoculated with edible mushroom mycelium and covered with straw. Each of these “plates” becomes a “mycelial lens” ready to produce edible mushrooms in 6 to 12 months. The mushrooms would appear inside each ring and can grow as large as 2 feet in diameter. As this mycelial lens matures over several years, the centers dye back while the outer regions continue to produce mushrooms like wave radiating from the center and becoming an integral part of the forest floor.

    This mushroom is not only edible, but also very useful in habitat restoration, fortifying the ecosystem by enriching the soil and stimulating plant growth while providing food for animals, insects and humans.

    For more on this mushroom and habitat restoration through the use of fungi click here.