I am an environmental installation sculptor and collage artist and conservationist. The images I am submitting are from a series of collages I am currently making titled, “Ecological entanglements and the interconnectedness of life forms, structures, nature, biology and botany.” They speak to the fragility and complexity of the living forest. I am interested in the way in which the human body/anatomy corresponds to structures in nature, plants, trees, and the landscape that are depicted both internally and externally in the form of patterns, designs, and metaphorical context; the subtle yet enchanting connections between the hidden life of forests and humans. At night I often dream about networks of interlinking underground mycelium systems; trees supporting each other; dead trees providing nutrients through natural cycles, and forests as mysterious, amazing centers of life…. all reasons for why it is so important to preserve them. My images are created for contemporary audiences in order to reveal the magic of forest ecology; the mysterious and poetic aspects of the forest, and to invent a visual image to trigger their imaginations whether they are envisioning, imagining or visiting the forest themselves. Beyond statistics, graphs and theoretical approaches that normally depict the science of forestry, I want to inspire viewers to look deeper, to find enchantment in the complexity; to understand the interconnection between life forms that work together in the diverse ecological environment. Most importantly I want to show that like the forest ecosystem, we humans exist not as individuals but parts of a complete unit; how working together, we sustain the planet.