My work explores relationships of nesting, growth, protection, and intimacy. The amplification of organic textures and figurative shapes suggest elements of the natural world, while alluding to sensual and corporeal experiences of the human body.
The infectious embellishment of the surface and high saturation of color imply protection. I am looking for the push & pull relationship found with a seductive yet slightly menacing or decayed surface. The relationship of various parts of the forms, suggest nesting, growth and the nature of parasitic relationships. These forms also navigate through the territory of intimacy through interior vs. exterior exploration of the forms and the relationship between body and land. I am interested in pushing the relatedness of the human body and the natural world, as one entity. I am drawn to the poetic resonance of connecting human tissue and form to biological and geological forces.
My process for building is very intuitive. I have an idea for the forms I want to create; however, I pay very specific attention to moments within the clay that arise as I am building. I study and draw the human form, as well as geological structures to work out how I want to compose my forms. I use the coil and pinch method for constructing the hollow built forms. Stains and colored slips are sprayed onto the work while they are greenware and also after the bisque firing. The work is then cone six or cone ten reduction fired in a gas kiln, and most pieces are fired multiple times to build up the surface and saturation of color.