About

My work is meant to be felt in the body like a rush of energy. I make colorful ceramic sculptures and paintings that use abstract architectural and organic forms. Through loose, improvisational handling of materials, I create playful work that results in imperfect structures. I use a call and response process between my two and three-dimensional work that helps generate new ideas in the studio. The original may be a drawing that becomes a sculpture. I then may create a painting based on the sculpture, and then more drawings, and finally a sculpture based on the painting. The original is obfuscated as each generation mutates, shifting in medium and meaning.

I use symbols and patterns that reference objects and stimuli outside ourselves that are activated by our consciousness. The inner and outer worlds I experience collide in the work. Color joyfully erupts, lighting up the eyes and the mind. I think about John Ruskin, who so loved grass as a child, he wanted to eat it. He channeled that need into detailed drawings. I, too, am overwhelmed by a need to consume the world and process this through making. Color and shapes often have a taste and touch association to them in my mind; the creation of work is a full sensory experience.

I draw from both the legacy of modernism and the long tradition of abstraction that came before. Abstraction can be a pattern or symbol system. It can be used for protection, ritual, meditation, and adornment. I like its ability to shift in purpose and meaning and its power to communicate a multiplicity of ideas at once. Abstraction sparks the spirit of curiosity and freedom in the studio that drives my practice.

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