Artist Statement

My work begins with a vision of a gesture and a sculptural form.  The two cannot exist apart and if the form does not bespeak the movement that made it, it has failed.  These gestures/movements describe my relationship to materiality, physicality, and the nature of being and place.  These visions manifest themselves as a choreographed score and then fired clay sculptures.  I often begin with an amount of clay that is equal to my own bodyweight, then I confront the material with my body in a highly physical process that involves kneeling, kicking, spreading, scraping, and skimming. The resultant clay sculptures are then cut into sections, glazed and fired, and titled in a way that describes both method and aesthetic (Spreading Outward from Copper Center, 130 lbs).