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I design experiences for people in context with technology — from product design to visual art and new media.


Escape From Hot Earth

I’m really excited to have 12 images from my series Escape from Hot Earth appearing in the upcoming publication of The Southern Indiana Review. This is a series of digital collage and mixed media images exploring a mythological visual narrative that imagines a dystopian earth on fire and the intervention of divine feminine energy as the restorer of balance, nature, and spirit. Images in the series touch on themes of climate change, the dangerous complacency of a “thoughts and prayers” culture, self-reflection, and escapism, through a surrealist and sci-fi lens.

In these images, familiar architypes offer prayers, worry, and tears. A mysterious and powerful figure is embodied by an astronaut suited version of Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of the sun, war, destruction, plagues and healing. She arrives to intervene and usher the last children on earth to safety. These children, now sainted and supernaturally protected by botanical armor, are spirited away to inhabit another planet that is lush, beautiful, and unspoiled by racial discrimination, violence, and environmental catastrophe.

Any mythology offers clues about the aspirations of the storyteller and audience as situated in a particular society, place, and time. I hope to create images that move people and that facilitate shared experience, empathy, and a sense of urgency at a time of environmental and social crisis. This is a time for radical intervention, imagination, creativity, and action.

Many of these images leverage digitized versions of Henry David Thoreau’s pressed plant specimens. These specimens are being studied to understand how climate change has effected their decline. Thank you to the Harvard University Herbaria for making digitizations of Thoreau's herbarium specimens public domain so that they can be featured in art as prominently as they have been in science.

All the Possibilities... Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt

I recently designed the titles and animation for the award-winning documentary All The Possibilities. For so many reasons this was a dream project. The incredible artwork, the artist’s handwritten notes and journals, the video assets, and the stellar musical composition made the direction on the animation a no-brainer in many ways.

The 16-minute documentary explores Durham-NC based artist Vernon Pratt’s most ambitious painting, ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF FILLING IN SIXTEENTHS (65,536), which the artist completed between 1980 and 1982.  The painting was exhibited for the first time in 2018 at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University, where all 256 panels consisting of 65,536 painted squares were hung floor to ceiling on three walls in a single gallery space. 

Co-Directed by Marsha Gordon + Louis Cherry
Edited by Kevin Wells


OMAi Projection Mapping at the North Carolina Museum of Art

In 2018 I participated as the featured artist for an interactive projection mapping performance with OMAi  as part of the You Are Here exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art. I collaborated with OMAi app developers and Cirque de Vol acrobats to create a live performance of visual art, sound, and motion.

Using Code Art and Generative Design to Reanimate Thoreau’s Digitized Herbarium

In this short POC forest floor data visualization I’ve aggregated the plant specimens via Processing (an electronic arts programming language). The exhibit also features liquid augmented reality bloom animations, soundscapes, and transitions that follow actual plant data trends.

I’m currently collaborating with Leah Sobsey, Dr. Emily Meineke, and Dr. Marsha Gordon in the development of a mutlimedia installation that leverages Henry David Thoreau’s pressed plant specimens, housed at Harvard University’s Herbaria. Thoreau’s collection is a botanical time machine that lives in combination with the naturalist’s extensive notes about when and where his specimens were collected, which our installation draws from to provide insight into environmental change.

In “Exploring Thoreau’s Woods,” digitized selections of Thoreau’s pressed plants will literally come to life off of the page through motion art, data visualization, soundscapes, and projected augmented reality experiences. The centerpiece will be the projection of photographic images from Thoreau’s collection onto liquids (evoca-tive of Walden Pond), fabric, and onto what we envision as a forest floor inside of a large-scale meditation tent that visitors will experience.  

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