Artist StatementI enjoy the sensuality of working with clay as a form of expression with its multifaceted aspects of surface, line, negative space, motion and emotion. While many of projects are multimedia, and I do work in various media, I have chosen clay as my primary medium for its unique versatility and the staging toward a completed piece of work, reflective of the esoteric change from one state of being into another inherent with this material.
~~While my work spans multiple mediums, my curiosity, creativity and personal reflection are best expressed in my three dimensional clay sculptures. Two dimensional processes help to clarify three dimensional insight and abstraction. These clay sculptures are, however, incomplete until they incorporate materials, including wood, semi precious stones, shells and light. I enjoy the sensuality of this form of expression and its multifaceted aspects of surface, line, negative space, motion and emotion. I have chosen clay as my primary medium for its unique versatility and the staging toward a completed piece of work, reflective of the esoteric change from one state of being into another inherent in utilizing clay as a primary medium.
Many pieces emerge from concepts and influences of a life time of experiences and knowledge, however, sometimes, forms emerge from the unconscious mind or are seen while in a dream state. I may start a piece from a thrown clay vessel to serve as an armature, or begin building from a simple piece of clay toward something envisioned in the mind, in an additive process. More recently, I have begun to use subtraction of clay through carving, and creating not only an external space but also an internal space in my sculptures.
My work challenges the viewer to explore my sculptural work visually and emotively. With light as a quality of the work, it can often be seen differently from various angels, using the eyes to caress the image and feel sensations and emotions. When the viewer is absorbed into my work and experiences the work in this manner my work has successfully spoken.