Artist Statement Submitted 2014Through the use of materials such as vintage paper, vinyl, textiles, and wood veneer, I create a menagerie of sculptural portraits. Using the combination of metal armature and hand stitching, my goal is to capture the essence of each creature and object I create. The metal armature literally and conceptually establishes the framework for each sculpture. I want to evoke something powerful and touching, without being sentimental.
One of my focuses has been the complex, symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, highlighting our admiration for animals as symbols, and our exploitation of them to suit our needs.