My studio practice is varied. I have established a framework of categories, which I have developed over time and continually revisit. A major focus of my work has been figurative ceramic sculpture (both formal and conceptual), as well as activism-based sculpture and large-scale installation. Conceptually, I am concerned with the dialogue surrounding social critique: the complexities of identity and hidden narratives that highlight unspoken truths. I utilize the potential for narrative expression and symbolism in my work to tell these stories. Feminism, racial issues, religion and gun violence are subjects I am drawn to. I often examine the dark side of human nature.
I have been working almost exclusively with porcelain for almost 20 years. In 2018, I participated in a workshop with Debra Fritts to learn more about working with red clay, and layering surface treatments. I felt a need for change and exploration, searching for a looser approach using color. Narrative research based sculpture has always appealed to me. "Lost and Found" was born during this workshop and I have wanted to get back to working in this manner ever since.
Before the pandemic, I had planned to explore this method of working beginning in March, which was to be enhanced further by a residency at Buffalo Creek Arts Center in Nevada in July 2020. The residency has been postponed until next July and now this is my Pandemic Project.