laura pirkl

In my work, I explore the tension between manmade materials and organic formations in the context of the problematic relationships us humans have with the earth and its natural cycle of growth and decay. I also work to illustrate the grief and anxiety that comes with the destruction of our environment, a feeling that Timothy Morton’s “Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence” (2016) captures vividly. Entrapping, restricting, and manipulating organic materials such as leaves, mushrooms, dead tree trunks, honey, wax and wood with manmade materials like concrete, plaster, wire and plastic create paradoxes that are uncomfortably real. Just as organic matter and humans are ever changing, so are my sculptures. Sculptural work is a process, especially when working with growing and decaying matter; reflecting an unpredictability we feel about the future of us and our environment.