US-based artist is primarily a photographer and digital image-maker, but also extends to book arts, video, video-installation and sculpture. Interests include environmental and political aspects of landscape, use of land and cultural interpretation of inhabited space.
Previous Collaboration: Over the past couple of decades, I have documented the endangered wetlands and dramatic changes in the landscape in Barataria-Terrebonne region of South Louisiana in collaborative workshops with a biologist. However, my most fruitful collaboration was with a number of entomologists on creating a series of common arthropod portraits. Over the past nine years, I worked with East Carolina University’s Biology Department’s microscopy staff and faculty, and used their facilities — primarily Stereoscopic and Scanning Electron Microscopes. During this process, I also connected with North Carolina State University’s Applied Ecology and Entomology labs, and gained valuable insight into current research on microbiome within our homes. Within my personal teaching practice, I applied the collaboration model to bringing together Art students and STEM students from the ECU Honor’s College. During two different semesters, we paired students form different fields of studies and have them work on projects resulting in end of the semester exhibitions titled dataSTEAM.
Why a Broto Collaboration? My belief is that while scientists and artists use different disciplinary methods to investigate and explore, their ways of thinking are parallel. By bringing together diverse disciplinary expertise, these possible collaborations will result in new and unexpected forms of knowledge, conversations, and insights. Primarily, I wish to make relevant art about the real world issues- I have always been inspired by science, and made work that investigated current issues. I strive to make work beyond simple data visualization, by opening questions, envisioning metaphors, and creating truly collaborative forms.
Seeking: My perfect collaborator is interested in broad knowledge and layered intersections between disciplines. Most of all, true collaboration stems from interests in other’s disciplines, and willingness to learn more about other person’s expertise. Their general demeanor should be energetic, but not overwhelming. I find that I collaborate best with someone who is not simply interested in having their work illustrated, but is open and excited about what I can bring to the table.