My art explores the overlap and interrelation between child play, adult
play, desire and sensuality. Many of our toys were handed down from
generation to generation. I strive to capture the appeal of those
toys—Lincoln Logs, Legos and wooden blocks—that endured time and
Through the act of arranging, stacking, balancing, and connecting
porous ceramic units, I invite the viewer to experience how a wall or
floor might contain space and direct flow through space in new ways.
Ceramic sculptures of the figure have historically been used to comment on culture, from Japanese Haniwa to Tang dynasty splash ware to Mochican portrait vessels, offering insight into the creator’s social, religious and environmental surroundings.
My work is a search for a connection to new and shifting landscapes, as
well as an investigation of my own evolving relationship with the
natural world. The imagery reflects an ongoing inner dialogue regarding
the domestication of animals and land.
Children in general are less inhibited by social and cultural constraints imposed on them later in life. Their actions are frank and more sincerely instinctual than those of adults. Adolescence is the meeting of these two worlds, where the boundaries of cultural and natural influences become blurred.
My primary concern is to immerse the viewer in a place of both comfort and uncertainty. While the appearance of the work comes from the realm of fantasy and early video games, my conceptual approach looks for ways to function under strict sculptural parameters, much in the same way those early video game programmers navigated the visual and technological limitations of their time.
I have always remembered my dreams. Though I have never been a religious or superstitious person, I have always believed that my dreams had significance. The fact that there are large parts of ourselves that we can never experience in waking life is deeply fascinating and disturbing to me, and it motivates much of my work as an artist.
The focus of my work has been the creation of objects that are beautiful and fun, with an informal use of material, pattern and color. I am a collector of objects and ideas that manifest themselves in a need to create pieces which are treasured by others in the same way I treasure them.
Familiarity evokes memory and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects.
We live in an era where indirect forms of communication have become standard. Cell phones, internet messaging and e-mail have made face-to-face conversation seem like a distant memory. Through my ceramic vessels, I investigate the important ritual of sharing a meal.