I investigate the way different physical materials inhabit space and how a material’s physical presence can be viewed as a transitional, living agent, rather than as a static object owned by the viewer’s gaze. By transforming raw materials such as industrial steel, resin, natural pulps, and wood through highly tactile processes that include casting, welding, burning, or oxidizing, I attempt to understand different mediums’ properties, break them down, and then reconstitute them in an organic amalgamation. While the sculptures construction is solid and enduring, they will appear temporary and fragile, symbolizing a colliding force of both my fascination and repulsion to the digital products and anxiety caused by collapse of one's somatic sense.
Inspired by Baroque sculpture, where figures are depicted in motion, I seek to create life-like forms reminiscent of dynamic structures composed of raw elements. In doing so, I hope to lay bare the animism apparent in these natural materials. I also look to Mono-ha artists who, through trial and error, explore organic materials and their unyielding relationships with their surroundings. I strive to merge these seemingly opposing approaches by both rebelliously challenging and humanely embracing the materials with which I work.
Acknowledging that all matter ultimately returns to the earth, I often suspend component parts from the ceiling before affixing them together, allowing gravity and balance to directly influence their final compositions. This is meant neither to defy, nor succumb to, gravity. It is simply an attempt to reconcile with gravity’s force. My forms are based on the physicality of construction, and are not a gesture to express context or deconstruction. By combining materials and balancing forms, I am motivated to express the potential of tranquility when tension is generated as expressive forces collide. As a result, our eternal desire for freedom is released from the limits of physical boundaries, while, paradoxically, the movement is grounded in a very material gravitational experience.