AIDAN PATRICK WELBY
b. 1997 St. Louis, Missouri


is an American artist making sculptures, photographs, and writings in conversation with the landscape. His upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri—The Gateway to the West—has instilled a sense of critical exploration into his practice. Welby reconsiders the constructed nature of history as it pertains to place, often challenging contemporary land use as it derives from and deposits communal identity. Approaching this relationship through a lens of environmentalism, Welby is critical of the destructive patterns that emerge from a resource-dependent economy.

Drawing upon written codes of law and oral folk traditions, Welby’s work is a synthesis of objective prose and subjective poetics. Welby’s earthworks and altered land-objects are inherently exploitative, and yet their origins in concentrated industry offer a demonstrative reflection of the larger extractive impacts happening globally.

Welby’s objective approach depends on a process of primary collection—collapsing centuries of gathered understanding into a singular moment of political and environmental critique. Created in context with its site, Welby’s work surveys the cultural geology of a region to participate in 21st-century dialogue regarding American myth and its relation to ecology in the Anthropocene.

He has shown his work publicly on federal land (Mogote, CO, 2019) and in exhibitions at Rancho La Florida (Antonito, CO 2019), Beacon Gallery (Kansas City, MO 2019), and Art St. Louis (St. Louis, MO 2020). Additionally, Welby has participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Visual Arts Complex (Boulder, CO) including the juried King Exhibition. Recently Welby attended Beach Blanket Babylon (Green River, UT), a residency on cultivating art in rural spaces. Welby supplements his artistic practice via road trips, thrift stores, and postcards.