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Being born in Maine and growing up on two farms I quickly learned about the land and hard work. Both are major influences in my artistic practice. There are intertwining themes between the landscape and labor the meditation that comes from both, be it the repetition in work or just being and walking in the land; the connection between the rural that is often tied closely to manual labor, and agriculture that marries my concepts of land and work as one. I dont set out to create a romanticized ideal of manual labor especially in a culture where work performed is more taxing on the mind than the body, but to examine this physical labor and create a sense of respect towards the work, the process. I believe there is nothing romantic about hard work, farming, or rural life.
Some days I am a farmer. Other days I am an artist. At times I am a nomad or a woodsman or a documenter. These roles which make up the way I live shape my artistic practice what I do for work and how I put myself into a relationship with the land.
I create work somewhat sporadically. Ideas and projects are often influenced by the landscapes I find myself in whether it be the frozen woods and coasts of Maine, warehouses in Omaha, mountains of Wyoming, suburbs of Hartford, farm fields of Virginia or any of the vast roads in the middle. The histories of these sites help me to think about the type of manual labor that took/takes place or could possibly occur in them. In my work the majority of the time I am the only worker/performer, editor, and cameraman often making the labor performed before the camera three fold as there is equally as much labor that takes place behind the camera.