I am a multimedia artist working primarily in ceramic sculpture. My work engages in conversation with still life, narrative, and abstract painting; postminimalist sculpture; hierarchies of materials and taste; and the role of the kitsch object. By traversing the boundaries between "art” objects and materials and "non-art” objects and materials, I look to analyze the spaces occupied by art and decoration and the visual cues associated with these categories.
In my ceramic work, I have developed a unique process through which I transform collectible kitsch ceramic objects and functional ware into fine art sculptures. After collecting and arranging various items, I subject them all to the same firing conditions. The process produces the literal and metaphorical melting down of the materiality of domestic and artistic space. In the firing, some objects retain their form, while others melt down into fluid clay and glaze. Materials mix together creating swirls of color and pattern and globs of texture and form. Lowbrow kitsch objects merge into painting and sculpture in compositions that seem to suggest both the opposition and equalization of decoration, materials, and form.
My recent series, “Motherhood Secrets”, incorporates a metaphorical relationship with personal narrative, connecting with my recent experience as a new mother. In this series, halved wheel-thrown vessels are filled with ceramic material, fired, and ground and polished; producing a finished surface that resembles a ceramic geode in objects that function as metaphors for my own maternal experience—a metamorphic soup of isolation, insulation, and potentiality.
In my current work using jewelry chain, I am revisiting collected thrift shop paintings with which I have previously worked in the context of ceramic compositions. Appearing as intimate line drawings on the wall, the compositions made with jewelry chain reference both still life, landscape, and portrait paintings through friction between the visual line of the chain and the draping created by its weight. The figure/ground opposition is borrowed directly from the conventions of painting and drawing, but the material ties it to the dimensionality of sculpture. As with the ceramic pieces I produce, I aim to make the read of the objects slippery, aesthetically and conceptually.