Artist Statement

Both the human body and the natural landscape inspire me and inform my direction in my work. When I create, manipulate and mold materials into life-size organic shapes, the contrast and overlap of the beauty found in the natural environment and that of mortal anatomy creates a dynamic dialogue between configuration and surface. Just as from nature, I am drawn to the openings and insides of the human body, how the wet, pinkish surface of organs and tissues that hold and encase our innards perfectly in their complexities are seductive, as they simultaneously repulse us with grotesque rawness. These corporeal forms aesthetically resemble natural flora and fauna, and it is this very juxtaposition of natural beauty and sublime fleshiness that seduces, repels and motivates me to manipulate tactile materials into new environments.

The role of dreamscapes and fantasy are also culprits in formulating my sculptures. My materials become entangled in space to compose invented habitats, ones that become an attempt to reveal fantasy through concrete form and materiality. This fantasy is intended to personify a view of life, one that exudes a sense of energy, a sense of vitality, a sense of rawness, of beauty, of sublime decadence– namely, and one that examines the gap between the ordinary and extraordinary.

In using a broad range of materials, I morph elements from nature with organ-like structures. Complimenting forms that are constructed from cloth, wax, plaster and latex, I also incorporate craft-based materials such as sequins and artificial foliage. The naive and familiar quality of the craft-based materials conflict yet harmonize with those of unfamiliar and massively grotesque organics, evoking an ‘uncanny-ness’.

I prefer to overwhelm the senses with visual excess, with the grandeur of the fantastical, and with my compulsion to detail and craft. I intend for my sculptures to be seductively massive, yet at the same time decidedly delicate– creating environments inspired by my dreams, landscape visions and human fragilities.

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