The natural world is something that I feel an unnamable connection with yet at the same time feel entirely alienated from. We are constantly learning new things about nature and the more we learn, the more confusing and complex it seems to be. I am interested in the mysterious parts of our world and am curious about our relationship to it. Our ideas of the outside world seem to be at odds with what it really is. My work looks at our attempts at control and is an active investigation into something I can’t quite grasp.
Repetition is essential in my process. Every experience for an individual feels immediate, authentic, and original, but in reality has relied on history and repetition for it to merely exist. I create work that relies heavily on repetition and feel an inherent need to repeat. I believe that very basic, natural aspects of life are dependent on recurrence.... breath, heartbeat, reproduction, all stem from repeating something from the past. I believe that every human being and animal is in a constant repeated act of self-imitation within our everyday lives, physically and emotionally.
I enjoy creating forms that have a resonance of nature, yet harbor some uncertainty about exactly where in nature they occur. I am passionate about clay as a material for the endless possibilities it yields. The other materials I use in conjunction are either found outside, typically from animals or trees, or something that has been processed by man, be it wood, plastic, or metal. I find myself being most inspired by simply being outside and mentally bringing back what I see to the studio. I am curious about the natural systems of repetition that occur in our lives and in our natural environment, and will continue to actively investigate them.