"Though our work might look quite different at first glance, if one reads our artist’s statements, they will find much overlap of concepts between our works. We focused on these similarities to form the building blocks for this collaboration. Even though Kaitlyn works with animal forms and Annie with tree forms, our work centers around a core of environmental degradation and seeks to elicit a paradoxical sense of threat and empathy from our viewers. We both utilize a large installation format because the work has a greater impact when it is on a human scale, projecting into the viewer’s space to confront them on a more visceral level and control how one moves through the space. We hope to challenge viewers' sense of claustrophobia and force them to engage with both the work and fellow viewers in a limited space.
These forms are meant to be devolving, becoming less natural and reflecting on their more twisted natures. The unfired nature of the clay forces the work into a state that is vulnerable, ephemeral, and deeply ingrained with the potential for change; which direction this change will take is the question. This scene is built up to the brink of collapse, perched precariously right before the moment of dissolution. At this moment on the brink, failure is a given without the intervention of our collective potential for empathy. This is where the core similarity between our work really comes into play: the absurdity of what it means to be flagrantly marching toward our own demise as if our actions have no consequences."