My work is 3-D Mixed Media with emphasis on ceramics. I incorporate metal, wood, neoprene, fiberglass and other materials. My work is all hand built, ceramics are low to mid-range fired with glazes, slips, under glazes, and paints. I most often work without sketches, often with no more than a general notion. I allow the process to take me where it will, surrendering myself to a seed of an idea. In this way, I allow the piece the freedom to express something latent or undeveloped as a concept.
My work is about human imperfection in all it’s guises. I resent the package we are sold by much of media regarding a one-size-fits-all notion of beauty and “perfection”. Having grown up with a handicapped brother, I learned of the incredible beauty in imperfection. When we have young people with body image problems, with self-loathing and massive lack of self-confidence, I feel this is a problem we need to address. I believe as an artist I have an obligation to use this message in my work in the hopes of making some tiny change in the world around me.
My question is, ‘what is beauty and what is perfection’? My message is ‘we get to decide’. My work is mostly play. Where I do work though, is in trying to explore that middle place where beautiful and grotesque, edgy and whimsical, dark and light converge. The place where they can answer each other in an honest conversation about perfection. I am constantly searching in this place, delving into this notion of imperfection as a way of satisfying my own curiosity. If I can likewise induce curiosity in some of the viewers of my work as I continue to investigate in this way, what could be better?