I am creating this series by painting plants, animals, and fungi on my body and then photographing the completed paintings. The combination of body painting and self-portraiture is an intimate way of expressing and transforming myself.
My home is in Massachusetts and I enjoy exploring my backyard and the nearby Middlesex Fells forest. The process of creating these works increases my attentiveness to nature, resulting in inner as well as outer transformation.
This series is informed by the understanding that humanity is both an integral part of the natural world and set apart from it by our disproportionately destructive impact. As an activist confronting climate change, I continually seek another kind of self-transformation: to limit my own destructive impact as a consumer and to be more fully engaged in environmental justice. These images reflect a longing for greater harmony between myself and nature, but not necessarily the full realization of it.