My work has a solid foundation in material and process. I am drawn to the color, texture, and feel of clay. Clay has the ability to be soft and record marks and movement while also transforming into a hard stone-like material vulnerable to cracks and breakage. The broken or fractured are often seen as flawed or damaged. In my work, I encourage and manipulate the material to accentuate these “flaws”. I believe that these visual elements give a sense of introspection to the viewers own personal experience in life.
I have cultivated this aesthetic from my travels abroad in Europe, Asia, and Australia and my time living in New York City. I derive my conceptual ideas from environmental and political landscapes and respond to my surroundings in whichever setting I find myself in, both physically and mentally.
I have researched and developed my technique, in which I use dry powdered clays formed into molds then fired to peak temperature to ensure a solid object. During this process, the clay responds to the heat and stress of the kiln to create fractures and surface texture. I see this way of working as cyclical and returning to the essentials of artmaking and finding the essence of the material and its structure.