Art and Earth define us as human beings. The rupture of connection with either renders us senseless and therefore only brutal. The language of art is sensual. It is a language where the difficulties, mysteries, and paradoxes can be held. It is a language that holds beauty. The idea that imagination begets empathy and is awakened by the senses guides all that I attempt as a citizen artist.

The Anthropocene is Now. As defined, it is the epoch we are living in: the Sixth Great Extinction. Extinction is a large word and of such a vast scale that we cannot connect. We are a culture in denial of death; extinction is beyond our American imagination.

My current work consists of three inter related series: Forms for a New Mythology; the Luminous Rooms; and Cantos for the Anthropocene. I am compelled to shape a language for what we cannot grasp or utter - to make work as witness to our time, to what is vanishing. To be witness to death is to change the field in which it is occurring and therefore, to change what remains. To witness is to open fully to what is occurring. To not pretend. To love the dying. To confess. To remember. To invite the still point. To be in awe. To be changed.

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