I like my art pared down to its
essence, while simultaneously containing everything. My subject
is human nature. Physicality, growth and connections are my
vocabulary. My method is to both combine and reduce. In each
piece, shape, form and color are distilled until a singular
image emerges from the tension between the found and the deliberate.
Often in my sculpture, a found object is combined with sculpture
material creating an evocative form. Layering color and texture
consolidate each piece until its shape becomes iconic, nearly
symbolic. My work is complete when its disparities take on
new life and its ambiguities allow many associations and references
to surface for each viewer.
I think the life of my work lies
in its ability to be insistently itself. In spite of the spectrum
of ideas and sizes, human-scaled marks and manipulations unify
my process. You can feel a persons involvement in each
construction. In a sense, all of my work is self-portraiture,
but I hope that my autobiographical musings resonate beyond
my own navel-gazing. I came to this approach through years
of lovingly exploring both art materials and the condition
of ambiguity. Listening to material and form speak for themselves
is very powerful language for me. In pursuit of other venues
to hear this language, I began to study and practice yoga.
Yoga, literally union has led me to understand
that ones ability to lightly hold contradictions--physically,
emotionally and spiritually--is at the heart of graceful living.
The balance I seek in life is the balance I am also hoping
to strike as an artist. My sculpture is both heavy and very
light; drawings are bold and delicate; paintings are fertile
and austere. These physical contradictions create containers
for expansive feelings and familiar impressions, sometimes
precarious, often disconcerting, and always rich.