Whether living, dead, domesticated, wild or agricultural; my work focuses on the animal kingdom and their encounters with humankind.

Animals, considered property and assets, are commodified in infinite ways. As society further elevates its status through technology, we increasingly distance ourselves from our organic world, and sever our connection to other sentient beings. Automated and mechanized, we've become indifferent to nature's intelligence, ignoring its innate ability to adapt to the continual stresses of humankind as we strive for further development.

Animals are adept; they are conscious, advanced, and possess faculties far beyond our comprehension. The journey of our evolution will determine whether we are capable of overseeing the animal kingdom with consideration and accountability, or if we will subsist, disconnected, in an artificial environment of our own design.

With the increasing loss of habitat, absence of natural predators, and ever expanding roadways, the New York State Department of Transportation is faced with the disposal of 25,000 deer carcasses a year from motor vehicle collisions. Due to cost and environmental concerns, previous methods of disposal––incineration and mass graves, have become increasingly prohibitive. A viable alternative to traditional methods of removal is composting, which involves burying dead deer carcasses with wood chips. The piles are rotated and refreshed with new compost, and over time the carcasses biodegrade and are generated into a stable soil compound. The fertile and newly amended soil, is then used to landscape the highways. “Reclaimed” considers the practice of deer composting implemented by the DOT in Ulster County NY, which compost over 800 deer carcasses a year.