My hand-built ceramic sculptures take the form of stylized figures and animals that express the relationship between humans and the natural world. I explore the narrative potential that figures have when paired with unlikely objects. Surreal combinations of animal and machine, pop and rustic, and familiar with the strange are some particular binary relationships that I explore through my work. I strive to evoke disturbing, curious, or uncanny imagery through unnatural groupings or juxtapositions. These pairings question the conflicts and opportunities that are inherently in myself, society, science, and culture. Humor –although strange and uncanny- is used as a hook, inviting my audience to look at something more serious than initially implied by my playfully articulated works.
Current day and historical environmental issues influence the work I make. I grew up on a 14-mile stretch of the Androscoggin River in Maine that requires an oxygen bubbler to prevent the fish from suffocating. Because of this, I foster environmental awareness. Having lived in proximity to a river that has been partially revitalized, but is still on life support, inspires me to research global environmental problems and models for solutions. This research guides me to the persons involved in environmental conflicts, and ultimately informs the iconography and characters that inhabit my work.