In my current series, “Penchant,” I am exploring our culture’s obsession with consumption and waste by analyzing our relationship with trash. Through experimentation with color and texture, threatening piles of trash evoke feelings of curiosity and playfulness while also creating a sense of foreboding. I aim to confront my audience with this obsession, allowing them to rethink their own individual relationship with the things they consume, while also making them pay closer attention to the amounts of trash around them. Even with all of the current reports on climate change, I still see too many of us wasting, dumping, and littering. We, as a collective, have become too used to seeing cigarettes being flicked out of cars and garbage piling on the streets. My paintings are a reminder of what that can look like. I frequently turn towards nature and, in order to assist in the cultural shift in mindset that I feel is imperative, I even more frequently focus on the more unpleasant realities of nature. This shift in mindset can manifest internally or as a larger call-to-action. “Penchant” fetishizes our relationship with trash in hopes of convincing others that even with the endless social and economic issues compounding around us, our planet is always of the utmost importance, and we, as a species, must work together to preserve its beauty for generations to come.