Paper Wasps and Snake Skins

The homes we build, of necessity, were typically previously used homes of other animals – trees are whole habitats, even the earth that packs our bricks is teeming with microorganisms. There is no way to build a home without destroying another’s home. Materials carry that history as embedded meaning. In how they are made, in where they’ve come from, from the politics of where a pigment was mined to our own personal histories as users of objects. Each of the materials that I chose to work with in this series was carefully chosen for it’s connection to home; either an animals home or ours, right down to our primary home, our skin. In these drawings there is a marriage of the animal-built and the human-built, both industrial and natural waste products.