Storytelling has been apart of our culture since the beginning of human existence, from the cave paintings of Lascaux and the fertility figure of Venus of Willendorf. I, in my own way want to be apart of this storytelling by making detailed porcelain sculptures that explore the figure, flora and fauna. I create narratives using personal experience combined with animal interactions and semiotics. Art helps me understand the relationship between humans in the natural world, myself, and my place in the contemporary world. I strive to reveal human and animal commonalities, by exposing both the light and the shadow that blind us together.
Clay is a fantastic material that allows me to create whatever surface I want to help enhance my narratives. It is so versatile and both the additive and subtractive qualities make it easier for me to manipulate. The history of clay dates back to the beginning of humans and has been a tool for helping humanity survive and tell stories on its surfaces and through sculptures. It is a medium that unites every culture.
I have chosen porcelain because it is a beautiful, pure material. I often leave it in its raw state, which has a skin like quality. Most of the imagery that I utilize has specific meaning that relates to my personal emotions and creates a narrative: dogs represent loyalty and unconditional love, birds represent vibrancy and freedom, and swans represent purity and bunnies fertility. Flowers represent the cycle life and rebirth. I view the work as a metaphor for how life is always transforming itself – constantly bringing forth a new chapter of unforeseen existence.