Once a pristine golf course, this area of New Orleans' City Park has become a wild and welcome place. Old dilapidated buildings covered in works of art and witty graffiti are surrounded by lush grasses, native trees, and wildflowers. Some cities would see this as blight. New Orleans and many of her residents have found wonderment in the beautiful intersection of humanity and nature. The Mother, New Orleans herself, cradles the dirty and neglected building, and embraces the haunting beauty of the morning.
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Born in Louisiana’s sleepy bayou country, I developed a deep love and respect for the natural environment. I realized that the relationship between human beings and the world that provides for them is sometimes delicate, sometimes chaotic, and sometimes beautiful. Growing up 'on the bayou' taught me how permeable the lines between those things could be. New Orleans has her own complicated relationship with nature, and since relocating here I've enjoyed exploring that intriguing dance along her streets. My interest in the grace and beauty of age also began early on. I fell head over heels for New Orleans and what I thought of as 'living patina.' Her charm, her imperfections, and her grit make every day interesting and inspiring. Through photography I'm able to capture this element of life: the neglected, the broken, the aged, and the unseen. There is a haunting beauty in the gnarls of the live oak, in the resurrection fern peeping out of brickwork, and in the abandoned graffiti-laden building basking in the twilight.
Although photography was my first interest, illustration and natural pigment art have taken center stage lately. Using wine, coffee, or homemade dyes made from vegetation or fruits, my illustrations are complemented by the unique color palette nature offers. This body of work explores themes of strength, femininity, and various causes I feel strongly about. Ultimately, my goal is to create art that speaks to people of all backgrounds, and art that brings awareness and advocacy for those who need it.
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