Artist Statement

 

I have developed multi-step slip casting processes in clay that begin with origami. Folded paper shapes are prototypes for the plaster molds used for slip casting the individually produced pieces. Resulting forms are then assembled into ceramic sculptures and installations. Founded upon groupings of these geometric, dimensional objects, I aim to collectively achieve a balance between growth, rhythm and repetition while evoking imagery reminiscent of visual poems or musical compositions.

My chosen medium of ceramics allows me to dually explore the contradictory ideas of strength versus fragility while simultaneously conveying the functional geometry of organic elements. The process also strains the boundaries of the paper and ceramic when casting these ephemeral objects in clay. The choice of white and neutral colors is intentional, blurring the transformative fabrication line between the two elements and suggesting to the viewer the illusion of either or both materials.