Artist Statement

In a society obsessed with instant gratification, disposable ethics and relationships; my work fights the current, battling back with the difficult practice of ritual and repetition, coupled with meditation and focus on a process-oriented paradigm. My work considers the physical and spiritual ramifications of our throwaway culture with a return to an ancestral method. Artisan history and natural law has imprinted on my process, which is centered on the production by hand rather than machine. The fragility of the pieces becomes a metaphor for the precarious balance of chaos and control. As I lose myself in these analog processes, I am pushing back against the mass-production of industrialization and emerging technologies.

With origami, I have developed a slip casting process to experiment with ceramic materials and paper forms.  With a pattern, I have folded paper shapes to become prototypes for the plaster molds that I use to cast individually produced pieces in clay. With geometric forms, I collect and assemble them into ceramic sculptures and installations.  With modular shapes I find inspiration, in how molecules will naturally accumulate and congregate to form geometric patterns — both large and small.  With an understanding of nature’s system of design, I mimic elements of rhythm and repetition; however, the final arrangements are composed into visual conversations. With my formations, audiences can discover and rediscover their intended representations.

Within my process, I am testing the capabilities of plaster and porcelain clay and formally exploring the idea of strength versus fragility; experimenting with glaze and form. The final pieces are ultimately blurring the line between ephemeral objects and perennial objects.