A dear corpse with chamomile flowers growing through its wounds. + Enlarge
Chamomile Flowers 2022 Embroidery, Beadwork, Gouache on Cotton Sateen 12 x 6 Inches
A crow crying out in grief over the corpse of another crow. + Enlarge
Crow Funeral 2022 Gouache on Watercolor Paper 14 x 17 x 2 Inches
Black and white ink drawing of spider offspring eating their mother. + Enlarge
Mother's Sacrifice 2022 Ink and Gouache on Watercolor Paper 20 x 16 x 2 Inches
A bird with a cat in its teeth. + Enlarge
Predator and Sacrifice 2021 Ink, Gouache, Embroidery, Beadwork on Paper 30 x 22 Inches
Three medusa form jellyfish, with polyp jellyfish and a lotus flower stitched with white thread and white beads on black fabric. + Enlarge
The Immortal Jellyfish 2022 Embroidery, Beadwork on Silk Organza 9 x 9 x .5 Inches
Whale bones on the ocean floor. + Enlarge
Whale Fall 2021 Gouache, Ink on Paper 22 x 30 Inches

Through my exploration of death, I understand life. I create intimate drawings, paintings, and embroideries depicting scenes of death in nature that reveal universal truths of life, present in all living beings. One may think of humanity’s ‘civilized’ death rituals as what separates us from the natural world. However, death connects us to the powerful life force present in all flora and fauna. Just like a deer, we can find peace in our corpses nourishing new life on earth. Similar to crows, we cry out in grief and hold ritualized gatherings to commemorate the loss of a loved one. And in life, we understand all too well that at times we hold the power of the cat, gaining strength from the lives of others, and at times we are the sacrificial bird. Borders play a fundamental part in my depiction of these scenes. The borders, oval in shape, represent the continuous cycle of life and death, as well as the delicate border between life and death. Through careful illustrations of death in the animal kingdom, I have found commonalities in the human experience.

General Fine Arts (BFA) Students