"Going to the mountains is going home" - John Muir
What connects us to our environment? What defines the place we call home? Personal experiences of life transitions and relocation inspire me to explore themes of human connection, belonging, and the human relationship to Nature. I contemplate these questions of place, home and environment throughout my sculptural work.
As a fan of illustrated storybooks and daydreaming, I created Inhabited, a series of sculptures in which narratives are set in imaginary landscapes that convey a child-like sense of curiosity and discovery. Places and objects of personal meaning, architecture, memories, and reflections are all sources of the imagery that I incorporate into each piece. I am drawn to the natural color and surface of naked clay. In a sense, they remind me of the clay’s origin, and of our relationship to Nature. Rich earth-colored clays are the canvas on which I incorporate slips, stains and underglazes. With these narrative pieces, I want to evoke memory, emotion, meaning and personal reflection. This body of work invites the viewer to look deeper and to find their personal story within each piece.
In Living Mural, I draw from my outdoor excursions and travels in the wilderness. Geological formations, microorganisms, and plant life inspire the richly textured and tactile surfaces of these porcelain and stoneware wall pieces. Some pieces may evoke familiarity and others curiosity. Light and shadow emphasize the textured surface where the clay is sometimes left entirely bare. Other times, glaze, metal or other materials are incorporated onto the surface of the clay.