Bio-relations reflects my interest in the human body and it’s physiological, metaphorical, and aesthetic links to plant life. Foliage merges with mammalian organ systems in these sculptures. Just as the animal stem cell differentiates into specialized cell types that can, for example, become a specific organ with all the information necessary to function properly, a seed has the potential to become a full-grown species with bark, roots, leaves, and even the ability to synchronize with the seasons. Drawn to familiar themes that cycle through nature, I am examining visual features having analogues in both human bodies and plant bodies, such as buds, growth, and roots with nerves, arteries, and/or veins, as well as the natural distribution of nutrients within biological systems. Roots grow down and outward from a main plant stalk and take up nutrients which is akin to nerve structures found in the kingdom animalia. Metaphorical roots exist in the animal body as nerve cells grow from the brain and spinal cord and expand down and outward, branching repeatedly to innervate the entire system. Not only do similarities exist in form and processes, we rely on plants for sustenance and they also provide us with important supplements and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the exposed internal organ blended with plant growth can be perceived as a symbol of how decay leads to growth. We will one day die and decompose but in this process we become sustenance for other organisms. Energy cannot disappear, instead it becomes transformed.