Bodies of Work
The complexity we have constructed in and around our lives too often inhibits us from expressing our deepest emotions. Through my sculptures, I want viewers to be confronted by the thoughts and emotions we try so hard to bury. Why is it that when we feel tears well in our eyes, we instinctively bow our heads and turn the other way? We are told that in order to be strong, we have to be silent. I reject this denial and say that these emotions are valid, alive, and necessary. I look inside myself, into the depths of what makes me human; at the intricacies of my relationships with other people; and at how I place myself in the society we have built. With these thoughts in mind, I create physical forms to represent suppressed feelings—be they anguish, elation, fear or confusion.
I work with clay because it parallels the vulnerability of the human experience. From the malleable elements of earth I am able to actualize ideas as physical objects. What once wasn’t there is formed through the touch of my fingers, treated simultaneously with delicate care and violence. I form shapes using the force of my entire body, slapping on chunks of clay on top of each other until a figure is created. The sculptures let nature take its course and let time pass, until they are put in intense heat to permanently alter their chemical properties. Through all of this, the figures I make live a life affected by time and struggle reflective of the reality we face each day.