These figurative pieces celebrate elegance and the female presence that can transform a room with its grace and beauty. They also celebrate the beauty of imperfections and variations in that form. The Dress forms often are both ceramic and wood.
This body of work is about inviting the viewer into the space it consumes. What isn't there is as important as what is there. The multiple pieces coming together into one collaborative design speaks to the belief that we are our best when we are in relationship with others. Although we maintain our own individual identity, when we are paired with others we are stronger and make a much greater impact to the world around us.
These pieces reference the very childlike simple house form. Although each house makes a statement on its own, together their impact becomes profound and meaningful. It symbolizes the beauty of diversity of the elements that make each home distinct yet complimentary to the home next door.
These shapes evoke the common element in all humanity - our emotional reaction to whatever represents home to us. They are basic yet intricate in design. They space they hold is defined by both the commonality and individuality of each home.
This series began when I was in grad school. My best friend at the time, Aaron Macy, and I talked extensively about creating a piece in the shape of a circle, which challenges the limits of the material. Soon after Aaron passed away from Leukemia and it began to represent so much more. The circle symbolizes eternal life and reminds us so delicately that our experience on earth is temporary, and at times too brief. But the foundational element of love lasts beyond our existence, and if we are fortunate, we leave added value and beauty to those we have laughed, cried and lived alongside.
We hold an innate desire to build, to grow, to leave our mark. These tower pieces begin when any child holds blocks or legos in their hands. Their playfulness and precariousness show the dichotomy of our fragility and strength.
This masculine shape began with stories of my wife who when visiting her grandfather loved to wear his t-shirts to sleep in. They swallowed her shape, making her feel safe as the form and size of the shirt itself reminded her of his strength, stature and protective nature over his family. These forms celebrate that protective nature found in patriarchs providing and protecting their families.
The Pillow form has been a fun one for me over the years. They provide an illusion of lightness and softness. My wife loves pillows all over the bed. I prefer them, however - on the wall.
These forms are light and airy - and their playful design creates a sense of happiness.
What child wasn't fascinated by bubbles! Again, I love taking a material that is hard like ceramics and allowing both the shape and the glaze create a feeling that is very different.
These paintings are unique in that very little paint is used to create them. They are much more sculptural in their creation. Not only with the wood element added to them, but with the materials used to create the design and pattern.