Artist Statement

My sculptural work confronts a modern paradox: a wired and globally connected world that creates individual isolation and a superficial understanding of our place in the world.  Working in the genre of narrative ceramics, I attempt to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience.  My work is a fantastical, surreal world in which the inner psyche of the character and story slowly emerge. The overarching goal is to create a dialogue with the viewer in which the human quest toward self-revelation can be realized.

Working under conceptual umbrellas, I examine themes and ideas—much like a sociologist—striving to make sense of the world around us and uncover commonalities.  To achieve this, I harness every detail of the work to expose layers of light and shadow that thrive underneath a polite societal veneer.  For example, the richly textured ceramic surfaces expose layers of hidden humanity, and the incorporation of relics further the narrative by reminding the viewer of the inescapable pull of human history and experience.  My complex integration of mixed media techniques, such as carpentry, welding, and fabric manipulation, create a seamless sculptural voice between the different components allowing hidden narrative surprises.

     

Process

All figures are hand-built porcelain stoneware without the use of molds.  A straight pin and scalpel are the primary tools I use to  achieve fine details on the face, hands and feet.  Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, glazes, and slips, as well as mark making to achieve a depth of color.   After the firing it is fired, I construct and assemble the mixed media elements, which include welding, carpentry, sewing, felting, encaustic, fabric staining, fabric manipulation and much more, in order to further the narrative layers.  

Biography

I am a mid-career sculptural artist that has achieved national and international recognition.  I have been represented at international art exhibitions such as SOFA, Aqua: Art Miami, Art New York, Art Wynwood, Chromatica Rome, and Art Manila, among others; and, my museum representation includes Museo MACRO, Testaccio in Rome, Italy and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.  I have gained curatorial experience in figurative and ceramic exhibitions.  My current focus has been to collaborate with other artists and community partners in order to create a more immersive exploration of themes.  I am part of the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, the Addams Family Foundation, and Cafesjian Foundation.

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