Artist Statement

I work with natural substances and found objects: wood, bone, hair, dried plants and discarded mechanical parts. Combining disparate materials, I seek to create pieces that look as if they evolved spontaneously, free from artificiality or affectation. The work must feel inevitable to be convincing.

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The process of making artwork is sensual in the strictest meaning of the word: it is intensely physical, indulging the appetite of the senses. Walnut dust smells sweet and darkly smoky; the wood finishes to a moody, melancholic richness. Ground bone stinks horribly, yet yields a softly glowing mottled ivory that feels buttery smooth in the hand. I engage in a dialog with the materials, trading careful treatment and fine craftsmanship for the right to let the media voice my ideas.

Much of my work centers on human foibles and idiosyncrasies. I often use humor to confront heavy issues in a lighthearted manner, noting the droll and occasionally farcical nature of our existence. The art is intended to attract and disquiet, to amuse and discomfit.

Artworks mark a journey through the fears, curiosities and pleasures of life. A piece is complete when the viewer and I pause together on that path in an act of joint imagination and understanding.

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