Starting as a little kid making fairy houses in the yard, I’ve always loved looking at tiny things in the natural world. Years later, I found an interest in taking macro photos of moss, lichens, and other things I found in the woods, on mountains, in the sea, and in the desert. The tiny organic forms I found- and the not-so-tiny as well- now heavily influence my sculptural forms.
This is cryptobiotic soil, which is found in many of the national parks in Utah. Cryptobiotic soil houses a symbiotic community of living organisms, including cyanobacteria, lichens and mosses. The organisms form the surface soil into a crust which prevents erosion in sensitive desert ecosystems throughout the world. Footprints and other disturbances destroy fragile biological soil crust, and the organisms may take five to seven years to begin to recover.