"The large scale installation work developed out of my relationship with nature and reverence for the environment and its natural cycles. From my point of view, nature is the source of all life.

Man has strayed from living within the balance of the natural world and altered it through technology. The result of this intervention is an imbalance. We have tipped the balance to the point that we are on the brink of environmental destruction.

Many of the structures are made of handmade abaca and flax paper, a bi-product from plants, viewed as ethereal yet common and ironically, tough and long lasting. River willow is used as the armature for the structures. The forms themselves appear alive and in various stages of life and decay. The skin-like surface of the paper seduces and sometimes repulses creating a tension. These elements work together to provide visual clues and layers of meaning. It is my intention that viewers walk through the forest in order envelope themselves in the environment and ponder the role of nature in our lives. Like the forest in a state of constant change, elements are modified, added or removed as the installation is shown at various venues.

The forest was chosen as a metaphor because of its cyclical nature as well as the fact that deforestation is a major contributing factor to global environmental issues. These works are depicted in various stages of life to illustrate the push pull between the lush sensuality of the forest in its prime and the overwhelming sense of loss when nature is destroyed. It is also intentional that the piece alludes to the natural cycles of life: There is birth, growth, maturity, and destruction. The cycles repeat with never ending variations."

-Jo Stealey