Artist Statement Submitted 2014
I was born and raised on a hippie commune in rural Tennessee. At age 8, I moved with my family to Nashville, TN and have lived in an urban setting ever since. It is this juxtaposition for which I owe my propensity to create artwork that harmonizes both the natural and industrial worlds. Over the years, my artistic practice has evolved into an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture, installation and photography. I am attracted to a wide variety of materials and processes, ranging from sewing nontraditional fabrics to steam-bending hardwoods to planting trees in dumpsters. Above all, my creations are intended as portraits of human communication and interaction where the viewer is transformed from passive observer into subtle participant, becoming aware of both their physical and conceptual involvement in the work.
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