My works includes a variety of formulation in my sculpture and installation. I approach my practice as a deep study in materials, pushing them to the limits by welding, burning, and creating chemical reactions as I experiment with colors produced from oxidation. In addition, I submit the materials to the force of gravity. My work conjures various associations ranging from natural to industrial imagery and architecture: an implication representing the artistic production life-cycle itself, translated into a statement of political and ecological configurations to be contrasted with images of our fast-paced modern life.
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 inherent quality of the chosen 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 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.