Jessica Spanza

As humans, we have shaped our environments to suit our needs by affecting the natural resources available to us. In my work, I use a variety of organically sourced materials which I construct into forms that demonstrate human influence on nature. It is my goal to establish the human relationship that bridges natural and constructed environments.  

I am particularly interested in the life cycles of these materials; everything we construct has roots in natural elements, to which we apply processes of shaping (into forms that please us). In my abstract works, this occurs by structuring components into an aesthetic composition.  But in our homes, we preserve the wood which would otherwise decay and shape it so that it may shelter us from its formational elements. Even substances that are deemed artificial originate from natural materials which we have processed. 

The human hand interferes with the procession of decay so that materials such as wood undergo a second period of formation after their initial growth, but inevitably the materials succumb to their origins and once more dissolve back into the earth. We are not separate entities from this lifecycle. Despite the many layers of refinement, everything that surrounds us begins and ends in the earth, and so do we. It is easy to forget this one fact; we are from nature. 

Although there are serious concerns about humanity overwhelming its resources, I do not intend my work to focus on this excess, but instead demonstrate the nature of our existence. I hope that by making this point clear I can facilitate a greater respect for our environment. 

Construct
Construct

Wood, metal, grass, string. 20' x 10' x 8'

Construct
Construct

Wood, metal, grass, string. 20' x 10' x 8'

Construct
Construct

Wood, metal, grass, string. 20' x 10' x 8'

Construct
Construct

Wood, metal, grass, string. 20' x 10' x 8'

Processing Landscape Series
Processing Landscape Series

Wood, metal, grass, string

Processing Landscape Series
Processing Landscape Series

Wood, metal, grass, string

Processing Landscape Series
Processing Landscape Series

Wood, metal, grass, string

Processing Landscape Series
Processing Landscape Series

Wood, metal, grass, string