i made this installation when i first started the post bac program at SFAI in 2003. before starting grad school, i was making small, tentative collages and books. the fist crit was pretty rough and, in classic first-semester-of-grad school fashion, i decided to drop it all and make something big and completely new to me.
it was really fun. i found the crazy wallpaper at a thrift store and a pile of green carpeting in a dumpster. i sprinkled grass seeds on the carpet and left it outside school in the rain... the grass sprouted and i moved it inside to an empty studio that i took over. i bought plastic aquariums plants and a bag of river rocks at home depot. a strange little world began to take shape. over the semester it kept growing and changing.... sometimes visited by snails collected in my friend's garden.
8 years later and i'm still thinking about the same things... the overlap between interior and exterior spaces. the natural and artificial. careful arrangements. a little kitsch. some interesting creatures crawling about. it's all here. the original fake nature.