Crude Futures

Crude Futures is a series of projects about commodity futures, the climate crisis, and big oil. 

International Oil Tanker, Oil Truck, Diecast Model Toy Car 5.5", 1:43
digital video
2’ 30”

High Water Mark ($147.27)
mylar balloons
dimensions variable

Dollar Tree Trees

A collection of images of trees at Dollar Tree store locations across the United States.


Dollar Tree Trees project statement

There used to be a grocery store called the Fair Share at the end of my block. It was family-owned and aptly named. Limes were often ten for a dollar, and a  bunch of cilantro was fifty cents. While my family bought the bulk of our groceries from a larger grocery store, it felt like we were at the Fair Share multiple times per week for a missing ingredient or last minute something. Orange juice, ice cream, frozen pizza, canned beans, toilet paper. The quality of their produce was hit and miss, and we learned to check expiration dates on packages, but having a grocery store at the end of the block was amazing. We appreciated it, but not nearly enough in retrospect.

Fast forward a few years and the Fair Share is now a Dollar Tree. Like the more than 8,000 Dollar Tree stores across the United States, it sells some food, but it’s all shelf stable and highly processed. No cilantro, no limes. It’s not the fault of the Dollar Tree that the Fair Share went out of business (the owners said the store wasn’t making money), but it’s hard not to feel bitter about the swap. I often wish I could go back and spend more of our family’s weekly grocery budget at the Fair Share, though I know it would have taken more than that to keep it in business.


photographs, archival letters

AH AH is a collection of original photographs, letters from the archives at Haleakalā and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Parks, and documentation of various objects that have been returned to Hawai'i. 

A book version of the project is avaiablle from The Ice Plant.


Records are Written in Stone
vogel-cut crystals, photographs, levitating chair, commissioned courtroom sketches

Prototypes various materials5"x5"x1" each 2017

Records are Written in Stone project statement

After 27 years as a research scientist at  IBM, Marcel Vogel turned his attention from magnetic storage systems to another type of information storage–quartz crystals. In his second act, Vogel designed the now iconic Vogel-cut crystal form and travelled throughout the US and Europe, giving lectures and workshops on its use. 

Records are Written in Stone uses Vogel’s workshops, papers, and interviews as a starting point for a series of works that engage the mysteries and aesthetics of the occult science of crystal healing.

Sine Sole Nihil (Without the Sun, Nothing)
Wax rubbings of sundials on paper