I have lived as shadow-
Slipping in and out of existences,
Learning the art of
My poem declares my central awareness: animate becomes inanimate, inanimate becomes animate—body becomes object, object becomes body—as I create representations of my physical space. A shadow, a trace, is retained. It is my body, but it is not.
By weaving together memories, myths, and facts, I hope to provoke a subtly skewed awareness of the ordinary, and to deepen an understanding of physical and psychological relationships to place.
I investigate how personal identities arise. Works such as Holding My Breath and Aura, for instance, relate directly to the investigation of identity: Does physical size carry an equally sized impact? Do physical boundaries truly dictate our limits? How do we surpass them?
Recently working in multiples, I frequently use clay and found materials, and am drawn to their histories. Verkja, for example, explores the ability to hold onto the (still useful) old and worn, while finding ways to turn them into something new- building from the ashes, in a sense. We yearn to measure the intangibles of experience. In Recall(ed) Quilt, I consider how memories and emotions might translate into physical objects—the bone-like porcelain squeezed in my hands a physical demonstration of how we hold on to each other, the ways we remember. Individual pieces reference individual experiences. When put together, they become a powerful human collective.
The process and performance works often interpret the impact of social events and frequently rely on audience participation. For instance, Holding My Breath is a piece built solely by passersby. Wherever You Go, There You Are becomes a shifting contemplation on relationships as gallery goers push the castered posts around. This physical participation engages a deeper response and a broader understanding of the materials, spaces, and relationships encountered.
The portable landscapes, like Berg, Jr. and Don't Fence Me In consider our relationships and collaborations with the manufactured and natural landscapes we inhabit. What roles do we play and what balance do we find between nature and the lives we build? How do we honor our past and what will the future bring for our personal bergs? How do we find our place?
Through performance, sculpture, ceramics, and text, I explore the distance between physical and psychological space. I interpret the impact of social events and their dynamics by delineating presence, absence, action, and reaction. These processes mark a passage in time and place; through them I construct an identity and awareness of the present.