I have always had a fascination with human-object relationships, and as the saying goes, how one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. A simple object can be incredibly powerful in evoking many emotions in one person, and yet another person can be incredible indifferent toward that same object. It is this power (or lack thereof) that compels me to sculpt assemblage pieces with found objects. Although I use a variety of types of common found objects, such as costume jewelry, toys, home décor items, and small appliances. A commonality among the items I choose to work with is that they are often older and show signs of past use. Through using these aged objects, I hope to make an emotional connection with the viewer. Perhaps their grandmother wore similar earrings or their mother had that same clock on her mantle. While many of my concepts are directly related to materialism and the human desire for wealth, I also play with the concept of coming to terms with the idea that life is short and death is inevitable. However, while I make these pieces based on my own observations and beliefs, I do not intend for them to have a universally read message. I encourage viewers to form their own meanings from my pieces through their own connections and associations with the objects and materials I use.
  • My work is an exploration of a paradoxical view of “comfort zones”– that just because a state of mind or a physical place is familiar, it may not be the most comfortable after all, but we can only learn this through experience. It isn’t until we break away from the familiar that we realize how much self-imprisonment we created through limiting ourselves to this perceived “comfort zone,” just as a bird is comfortable living in its nest until it realizes it can fly. My forms demonstrate this struggle between staying bound to something or breaking free.