In 2019, I began a body of work intent on discovering the overlap between the primarily masculine prepper culture and primarily feminine wellness culture in America. Both are organized around distrust of existing systems, as well as a form of magical thinking in which a desired physical or mental state can be manifested with enough will power and the right tools. This work incorporates nods to new age practices such as crystal healing, energy cleansing, and loving kindness meditations. It also incorporates elements drawn from doomsday prepper culture and apocalypse fiction (as well as the very real COVID-19 crisis) such as anti-radiation pills, "substitute" antibiotics, survival tools, beans and toilet paper, and other things that might be (or actively were) hoarded in a crisis.
Fish Trap Pedestal, 2020. (Dyed reed, steel rods, wire, acrylic paint) Approx. 38 x 14 x 14 in. Shown with Oil Lamp, 2020. (Glazed stoneware, fiberglass wicks, lamp oil, copper ball). Approx. 7 x 9 x 9 in.