I am an artist that works primarily in clay. My work often combines hand built, slip cast and wheel thrown components. When creating my work I seek for quiet, rhythmic balance between contrasting or opposing elements. I see these elements often present themselves in my observations and interpretations of motion versus stillness, literal versus symbolic, masculine versus feminine, decorative versus stark. At times these elements seem to conflict and to present difficulty when trying to exist side-by-side, yet often they do. I enjoy the interplay between tradition, decoration and sparse minimalism.
I’ve chosen to work in clay because of its rich historical practice as well as its place in the dialogue of contemporary art. Traditionally thought of as material to create objects of craft and function, clay has found footing as a material that can portray artistic expression as well as conceptual considerations. It teeters on the threshold between craft and art, between art and life. I appreciate this careful dance and seek to portray it to the audience in my current and future work.
Artistically, my goals are to be ever learning, researching and creating. Travel and careful study of traditional and contemporary artists and art add to my creative bank. This gives me a well from which to draw from as I enter the studio and begin my own process of creating.