Artist Statement

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I have always been a collector of objects, and a maker of spare parts. In my work these “parts” are made of clay, kiln cast glass, digital images and other mixed media elements.

My interest in working with clay, glass, cast iron, the photographic image and other materials is in what each material gives to the work, light, color, transparency, depth, strength, weight, illusion, fragility, etc.

The ceramic elements are formed and fired using a variety of techniques and finished in a range of surfaces and colors that embrace my ideas of symbolism and metaphor.

Reflecting the traditions of ceramic and glass figurines and the kitsch ceramics of the 1930s, ‘40s & ‘50s, my work explores ideas of story telling and allegory and references our inseparable relationship to the natural world, the body, humanness and our complex and precarious interactions with humankind.

These stories are derived from mythology of our vast history and family tales that are passed down from generation to generation, and from the so-called “true stories” of our time, often created by public myth.