Human life and nature are heavily integrated with one another. People interact with nature’s landscapes everyday for a multitude of reasons. Whether it be to sustain life or simply to enjoy its beauty, humankind relies on nature to fulfill its needs mentally, emotionally, and physically. My work explores the relationships and personal connections between people and nature by physically compositing landscapes and faces.
One of the first questions you ask when you meet someone new tends to be “where are you from?” As a result, I tend to associate people with the places they grew up or the places that are important to them, as these places strongly influence who that person is. These specific places become an integral part of shaping a person’s life and in my work, the land physically becomes a part of the person’s identity.
While my portrait and landscape composites focus on other people’s relationships with nature, my small landscape studies portray places that I feel personally connected to. These landscapes represent the places that have shaped me into who I am today.