Between order and chaos, lightness and weight, strength and fragility, my work emphasizes the tension of oppositions. I am constantly developing a sensitivity to and expression of the precariousness, preciousness, and beauty of these adversarial structural dynamics. I am specifically interested in systems of support that undeniably shape our lives, yet frequently go unnoticed.
Connections between the unseen forces of science and the internalized attributes of the human psyche inspire forms that accentuate emotive aspects of cause and effect. In this way, the tension of magnetism, polarity, and force can speak of longing, anxiety, and restraint.
As a literal intersection of art and science, ceramic materials offer endless possibilities for metaphorical meaning. By capitalizing on the phenomenological qualities of clay and glaze, I utilize unique combinations of reactive materials in order to affect the regularity of structural forms.
By beginning with an idealized structure, I give myself guidelines to work in, around, and against. Whether it is by my own will or the will of the structure itself, the resulting form inevitably deviates from the strict limitations of x, y, and z axes. There is a progression from the systematic planning of the construction to the improvised attempts to save the piece as it begins to resist my commands. Ultimately, the work is evidence of this resistance, this tension, this push and pull of intention and action, the rational and intuitive.