Robot-like insects and insect-like robots are constant subjects in science fiction and science fact based innovations. In science fiction, insects are frequently featured in the role of robotic critters- Appearing as invading aliens or as robo-bug counterparts to a futuristic human race. Conversely, in reality, engineers look to insects for inspiration in development of new technology. From nimble robotic walkers to MAV’s (Micro Air Vehicles) many cybernetic innovations takes it’s design cues from the natural world. This hybridization of technology and nature is where Insect Lab romantically draws from.
Aside from my work of Insect Lab, I'm a multi-disciplinary artist who makes highly detailed sculptures, models, collages and drawings. Through diverse materials and methodologies, I explore themes of science, fantasy, history, autobiography and time; highlighting illogical and acute correspondences between the mundane and the fantastic. I graduated with a degree in Sculpture from RISD in 1999 and have since attended the Vermont Studio Center, and been artist-in-residence at the University of Maine at Orono. exhibited in Maine, throughout the US and Canada and am in collections worldwide. I've future shows in Boston, Philadelphia and San Diego and in February 2008 my work from Insect Lab will be featured on the cover of Tachyon Publications "New Weird" anthology, a collection of contemporary science fiction writing.