In the broadest sense, my art is rooted in the connection of man and nature that humanity has so often overlooked. Having been raised in a strict Catholic home, I recall a verse from the book of Genesis: “Remember thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt shall return.” (3:19) I suppose that this quote best personifies my recent explorations in clay— Thinking of the media not as mud, but rather as a living thing, as a part of myself, connecting my existence in this world to the existence of others and of the earth. I feel a certain oneness with clay that drives me to believe in an interconnectedness that spans from the smallest atom of soil to the largest animal. My work follows this philosophy in the areas of concept and process in the hopes that those who view the artwork will experience my own feelings and emotions about existence through interaction.
As such, all of my work utilizes textures inspired from nature— primarily plant life and water, the two sustaining elements of the life cycle. I carve, alter, add on to, and change my forms to mimic plant life, fusing the textures with the fluid movements of water to create pieces that seem to have elements of life within them. The transformative power of fire in the kiln gives the pieces a rebirth of sorts, as glaze adds organic color and vivacity to the pieces as well. The mystical homage to nature that is made through my creative process leads to an organic shape and feel in everything I create.
The tactile nature of my work is incredibly important to me, as it is through this experience of touch that I create, and the same experience that assists my viewers in understanding the work itself. In order to facilitate the vital experience of touch, I prefer to create a form that looks less familiar upon first glance, but sparks curiosity in the viewer, making them want to approach the object. These pieces are easy to hold and utilize, giving the handler more familiarity with the object and its function upon interaction. It is through the viewer’s experience with the art that I hope to achieve a sense of curiosity and acceptance about nature, and an active realization of the relationship of life, death, and rebirth, and a coming to terms with the philosophy of human interconnectedness with nature.