Inherent in Orion’s work is a dialogue between art as living and art as dying. The terrarium itself is a living ephemeral breathing context in which the art is held within, similar to the gallery. The context in which we host our art in informs it nature. The elaborate horticultural habitats explore the conditions in which a living organism thrives or withers away, and this process is documented over time. As a classically trained ceramicist, the clay medium has been sifted down and sterilized to the basic matter and are the product of reduction; yet are imbued with meaning and become alive when sculpted, in the context of a habitat, and as the horticulture take root. It is Orion’s understanding that the sculptures are living creatures and representations of our human conditions kept in the shadows. Anyone who host or witnesses one of these creations has the right to choose what is the art and most alive to them; even more so as the two battle as the process unfolds over time.
Orion often is questioning how a performance lives and grows within its habitat to inform the event, how to exhibit the process of art creation, and how to be audience inclusive. His symbiotic collaborative-relations with other artist, the plantae kingdom, and a career in counseling inform installations in a way that gives rise to the question: What are the living forms of art?