Artist Statement Submitted 2016Bearing witness through a sometimes uneasy juxtaposition of materials I examine the commodification and marginalization of Beauty in both women and nature. As a sculptor my work is both a documentation and celebration of an Endangered Beauty. I extract the innate essence found within detritus from industry and nature. Evoking grace, fluidity, fragility, and vulnerability through seemingly contradictory materials I poeticizes the commonplace. Subject, material and maker are all that which are culturally marginalized, rusty metal, seed husks, and women. Like women these sculptures evoke Beauty as strength, resilience and potential.
Nature is my muse. Inspiration comes from my personal life experience. I am a collector of seedpods, corks and rusty bits. My practice is one of experimentation. With experimentation comes repetition, working in multiples and series. I exploit the possibilities of play and improvisation creating an ambiguous coexistence of subtlety and surprise.