I explore the intersection of pattern in food systems and art. Using these subjects, I study the process of pattern making, both cultural and visual.
In 2020 I co-founded Wilbie Farm, a one-acre diversified vegetable farm on Vashon Island, Washington. Farming carefully selects and recreates natural processes to produce food efficiently. I thought about patterns within food systems, how communities form around food, and how the production of art can mirror patterns within farming, fishing, hunting, and foraging. I began exploring these ideas by looking at the domestication of social animals, living in schools and flocks, and how these animals are used by humans physically (food, material, and companionship) as well as figuratively (personification, anthropomorphism, and symbolism).
I cultivated my project by focusing on the creation and distribution of reproducible pieces that are made from prints, digital drawings, and animations (GIFs). Through digital distribution, my work establishes social spaces that mimic the larger cultural phenomena of societal reproduction.