My studio practice is varied. I have established a framework of categories over the years which I continually revisit. A major focus of my work has been the figure, an interest ignited in my earlier career working in fashion photography. I refer to art photography of nudes by notable photographers, as my source material. I am drawn to the poses of women in these images because they are unexpected and artful. I am interested in creating modernist figurative forms that evoke the contemporary woman. I throw forms that relate to body parts and use a method of geometric abstraction to build the sculptures. The result is figuration that straddles the line between realism and abstraction, my own hybrid style. At times I explore biomorphic territory and vessels with roots in organic matter that take on an expressive human quality. I delight in this ambiguity, this duality, and this transformation.
Another area of my practice has been devoted to activism, driven by historical narratives, feminism and social justice. For this work, I am concerned with the dialogue surrounding the many forms of social construct. I am fascinated by the complexities of identity and hidden narratives that highlight unspoken truths. Some of the work is confrontational, aiming to destabilize the viewer in the hope that it will elicit a call to social change. The subject matter can be uplifting too. Narrative sculpture and installations using multiples of iconic imagery fall into this category.
Finally, I am a curious soul. I love learning, and therefore experiment with different clay bodies, building methods and surface treatments to examine and discover new methodology. I will often create a series of vessels to flesh out an idea and then apply what I have learned to broaden my practice. During these periods of exploration, I strive to let go of my expectations to unearth something fresh worth exploring.