In my art practice, I explore the intersection of architecture, memory, myth and topography through paintings, photography, sculptures and site-specific installations. Using scale, line, texture and color, I create fragmented spaces and structures that reflect the fragile yet dynamic relationship between the built and natural environment.

Inspired by the concept of the apus (Quechua word to describe the protective spirits of the sacred mountains in the Andes), I map the idiosyncrasies of the urban and natural landscape, both real and imagined. I am acutely aware how nature, in all its chaotic glory, beauty and ugliness, can be transformative: it invites you to listen and look, and to see links between the tangible and abstract elements of the world. Ultimately, to question and better understand our individual and shared cultural space and identity.

Whether it's a bike ride in the hills, a leisurely walk along a lake or a plane ride across the ocean, I am drawn to the existing narratives of people, places and things I encounter directly or at the periphery. These experiences inform my practice where a shift in activity, emotion or location give rise to new ways of looking and interpreting the world.

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