Thesis (M.F.A., Art & Design) -- University of Idaho, 2016 | My works walk the line of intimacy. Vessels can harbor some of our most intimate interactions on a daily basis. The connection is not just visual— it’s tangible. It is a base for introspection, not necessarily conversation. This understanding of functional vessels is an essential element of my sculptural practice; I rely on the vessel as a vehicle for communication, as it fosters an approachable and accessible language. Pots are universal and everyone has some sort of relational understanding of them, whether it be the everyday brown betty, special occasions only, or locked in a glass curio never to be touched.
My work is about the physical experience of occupying a human body. The abstracted body parts that I create are not necessarily meant to be trompe l’oeil, rather they should call physical awareness to a viewer’s own body through alluding to skin, folds, rolls, orifices and dimples, as well as genitalia, all characteristic of human physiology. My intention is that my sculptural works become meditative or contemplative objects- where viewers can reflect on their regard and treatment of their own and others’ bodies.