I am a ceramic artist based in Western New York. Growing up in California, I have an affinity for diverse landscapes from the desert to the ocean. I fold my experiences in nature into my visual language. A revelatory ceramic research expedition to Colombia, during graduate school, resulted in an abundance of botanical references in my sculptures. The biodiversity of the land was astounding and I work to translate the vibrancy of spirit felt in experiences like those into my work. Clay and glaze lend themselves readily to this endeavor as I find its lyrical character mimics a life force as it transforms from slop to stiff, and dust to dazzle.
My practice focuses on the abstraction of vessel and tile and draws inspiration from Art Deco, country-western style, Pre-Colombian artifacts, and mingei craft aesthetics. I simplify my constructions down to basic components, like coil and slab, to intertwine concepts of nature and culture.
Many of my works center on the form of a coil which I find all around and within us. It is the pipes, wires, and vessels that carry our energy, information, and waste. Transportation is a key theme for me as I’m endlessly captivated by how things move, grow, and change. The idea of the coil has become like a seed or specimen in my practice, one capable of generating the acrobatic and vibrant forms I see floating in my mind’s eye. As I continue to put the coil and slab to the test I watch for hints on what it all boils down to and what might bubble up from there.