Through absurd combinations of figures, objects and materials, I investigate the ways that objects change meaning depending on their context. By pairing confrontational imagery with the familiar, I aim to attract and repel simultaneously. Surrealism is a great source of inspiration to me, because its artists combine figures with seemingly disparate objects in curious and confusing ways, evoking the union of dream state and reality. Often grotesque and inexplicable narratives reveal themselves within individual sculptures as well as from piece to piece, creating a series of encounters for the viewer that are both fascinating and disturbing. I employ humor in my work as a coping mechanism for the anxiety of daily life – finding humor in the inappropriate is a way to reappraise negative scenarios from alternative, less menacing angles. If we can laugh at a situation, our anxiety seems to subside, if only momentarily.
— Hannah Lee Cameron