My work addresses the intricacy of human unease as we search for a sense of purpose. Recent bodies of my work are informed by cross-cultural spiritual beliefs and practices in relation to the natural world. They are evocations of the mysterious quality of folklore, mythology, and religious artifacts. Culturally, humans have developed a need for storytelling and the construction of objects and images. My creations fulfill a compulsion to depict unexplainable concepts and elevate these universal archetypes.
The forest wildlife and taxidermy that I find myself surrounded by serve as my vocabulary and iconography. My work depicts unsettling, isolated creatures, along with peculiar conglomerations of the body's textures and tissue. They exist in a state of purgatory, a mysterious flux. Suspension and tension allow my contorted manifestations to weave a story that is simultaneously about formation and decay. They are opposing and dependent.
These characters are often mutated, rich in sensual color, and reinterpret the roles of our ancestral origins. They speak of the sensations of intimacy, unease, anxiety, and grief without context. Behind the uncertainty of their appearance, with matted fur and sickly eyes, these animals convey a story of vulnerability and affection within their haunted world.
I am interested in exploring the relationship between the frailties of the tangible body and the resilience of the spirit. Our environment has an unyielding capacity for miraculous fertility and cruel fatality. It is a world of power and humility, seduction and betrayal, purity and contamination. Equilibrium is maintained through the necessity of sacrifice. It is a graceful struggle between the sensations of control and surrender.
My sculptures refer to the ancient tradition of objects acting as mediators, assigned with properties, power, and energy. They are venerated offerings, both cursed and blessed. Such vessels explore our desire for containment, placation, and submission in order to assign meaning.
These drawings, paintings, and objects are images of blameless impermanence and duality. They justify actions of strength and tenderness despite necessity and apathy. My works are extensions of the acts of ritual as we pursue the sacred; they are questions of devotion.