I am a narrative artist. My latest work involves combining, drawing, sculpture, and painting with a variety of materials to create glimpses into small narratives.
I am using hybrid animal human characters to express new archetypes experiencing life through these landscapes. These hybrid human animal forms are inspired by historical story telling, fairy tales, creation myths, shamanic thinking and are an expression of my belief that the disrespect and disconnect from our environment is symptomatic of the greed that drives human wars. These characters have come to life as ceramic based mixed media sculptures. Ceramic, as a vehicle to express the more connected nature of the characters, also lends it’s organic and varied nature to the actual forms themselves, through the use of multiple clay bodies.
I work in various sub themes at once. On a more focused level, I am also working on a series of works based on a bullet. This series is an investigation into the violence that permeates modern life in the United States of America and its particularly violent gun culture. I explore through a immediate reaction of staged photos following specific headlines, to more general constructions with splitting cast ceramic bullets. I find the material is anti theme to a real bullet, the way some hold it sacred is as well.
It is my hope that, the viewer will bring their own histories and judgments to my images, continuing and adding to the narrative. I see the experience of art as a series of individual conversations with a work. When the viewer converses with my work, I hope to influence some type of new perspective for them on their own narrative and that of the larger world.