Why Make Art?
Influenced by shapes and patterns found in urban landscapes and nature, my current work searches beneath the surface, paring forms down to its essence and revealing the structures surrounding us. I find beauty in the elemental and unadorned, the slightly brutal forms often hidden in plain sight. Using repetition as a powerful building block, I explore structure through modularity, space, surface and texture. The forms can be monolithic or composed of hundreds of elements. I’m driven by the challenge to create quiet simplicity from the many and discovering an almost meditative beauty in the textures created, Using clay as my primary medium, Using clay as my primary medium, I hand build all forms often maintaining the unglazed natural clay body and focusing on the rhythmic gestures and elemental structures I’m seeking.
Everyday experience, memories and family history all influence and inform who we become. My current work delves into person identity and our sometimes tenuous attempt to hold all the disparate pieces together. What binds those elements of self is a source of inspiration and exploration
Strongly influenced by years of architectural practice, my work combines architectonic forms and organic surfaces. Recently, I returned to school at the Oregon College of Art and Craft pursuing post-baccalaureate studies in sculptural ceramics. Seeking to integrate art and design, I strive to marry both an intuitive response to clay and my design background.
I welcome exploring opportunities to create unique art installations or commissioned work!