My work is mixed media figurative sculpture with emphasis on ceramics & industrial metal. I incorporate neoprene, wood & whatever else strikes my fancy in the moment. My art is about human imperfection, centered on emotion, and human frailty. It tries to address the question ‘what is beauty & perfection, & who gets to decide?’ Growing up with a severely handicapped sibling I feel I have a very different view of what perfection is. I believe what many people perceive as imperfection in it’s many guises is a much better barometer of what real beauty is. I refuse to accept the image of beauty that ‘Hollywood’ tries to sell us. I am also fascinated with the middle place between light & dark, beautiful & grotesque, whimsical & edgy… I am forever exploring this concept in an effort to satisfy my own curiosity & that of viewers of my work. What better way to address the fact that we are here & this is what we have to work with right here, right now. I call my work ‘playing in the mud’ & this play is a constantly growing & changing, challenging force for me. Art is life!
Denise hails from New Orleans & adopted hometown Baton Rouge, LA. She studied design at LSU & has worked the past 23 years as an art director & set decorator in the film industry. She lives in Sugar Land, TX with her amazing (& perfect) husband & her incredible, goofy, heart-throb of an 85 lb Golden Doodle, Oggy.