Charlie Schneider

This body of work addresses issues of invasive species as a critical concern of its own accord and as a metaphor for the widespread impact of human settlement and activity on our environment. By presenting images of invasive species as a wallpaper motif, I allude to the human patterning of the landscape and how our species imposes our sense of geometry on the world. Over time, however, as the images of invasive flora and fauna lose their form and are washed away as undifferentiated sediment, they becoming a part of the environment: equilibrium will be reestablished
As this body of work developed, a pair of defining questions emerged: What is it to be, or become, a part of a place? What is it to be embedded in culture, at the expense of place? I believe these questions represent a line of inquiry that is ultimately about degrees of integration into place and the landscape, on the one hand, and, on the other, integration into human structures and constructs. The degree to which they overlap, and our ability to realign them, conveys, perhaps, the extent to which we belong to the landscapes we inhabit.