I am interested in the life of the soul and the contrasts with the worn and the renewed, constructs of self — then deconstruction and rebuilding, trauma and healing. I make sculpture because it is joyful and delightful but I am also interested in the beauty that comes from pain or damage or the wearing of life. The wood and other materials can bear this. From Byzantine iconography representing transcendence and realms of the divine to Japanese aesthetics of the worn and broken, my practice draws from varied inspirations to explore contrasts and emerging new unity.
I am fascinated by the idea of “the dark night of the soul” as chronicled by the poet St. John of the Cross. The known self is destroyed so a true self can emerge. I am exploring the contrast of more forceful stressors to the materials and the desire to heal them, and return them to wholeness. I think these are not necessarily opposing motives but one cycle of creation. I believe healing can exist without some previously whole self being reclaimed. A new self is made and I work to endow the materials with a new sense of selfhood. In a wholistic sense, I am exploring a response that accounts for all we have gotten wrong and still endeavors to create something whole and beautiful from what remains.