ARTIST STATEMENT: I carry on a conversation with my work in the studio. The conversation is private, between me and my materials, and would likely not be understood by an outsider. Ultimately, it is my hope that this conversation results in answers to the secrets that are hidden in the potential of my materials. I think this is true for anyone who engages in the creation of a handmade object...the secrets are really revealed only to the maker. These objects emerge from different repetitive processes of winding, wrapping and layering, which leads to distorting, altering and scarring. I need this combination of materials and actions to make an object that is as rich in its quirkiness and uniqueness as is found in nature. Some pieces or elements are made over and over again, all the same but also different. I enjoy seeing them multiply. My work may seem dark, but it is not humorless. Beauty is subjective, and perfection in nature is frequently surprising. My idea of beauty exists in a connection to the earth, the grimness of the world and the ephemeral nature of life.