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, that touch on current events and especially the state of children in crisis. Currently the stories I am telling revolve around the themes of dislocation, war, emotion, and instinctual reactions to the current world.
I am using hybrid animal human characters to express archetypes experiencing life through these landscapes. These hybrid human animal forms are inspired by 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 figures based mixed media sculptures, some of which are based off the wall instead of the floor or a base. 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.
My work uses repetition of anonymous flat paper forms as representation of the dehumanizing nature of war as well as placeholders for much larger numbers. As these ideas and concepts have many layers and overlapping issues that influence them, I strive to mirror that complexity and depth through the collage and layering techniques I employ in the production of the work. The texts I use become a background noise that informs the symbolic nature of the gesture in each of the compositions. I collect my images and the text found in my work from my every day life and various meaningful and collected books. Much of the text in the last year or so has involved Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, which speaks to the actual landscape for the story. This allows me to play between the spoken, the felt, and the seen within each piece.
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.