ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores the Japanese concept of Yugen: building in mystery and subtlety. Embedded in this concept is the value in the transformative quality of materials and spaces pared down to their essence. This is achieved through careful and deliberate attention both given by the creator and received by the viewer. I often use everyday materials (dryer sheets, straws, q-tips, etc), in repetitious growing forms that reference the natural, micro, & cosmic world, as a vehicle to investigate and reveal the beauty in the seemingly simple and mundane.
All of my work starts by experimenting in the studio. I create clusters of visual ideas, small sculptures, drawings, and material studies that are intimate, often hand-held, mutable, and playful. These small works build up and explore the potential of materials and forms – the studio becoming a skyscape of impressions.
Discoveries from this process inspire and inform the large-scale, site-responsive environments. Like the studio work, I see these installations as positive, intimate, mutable and rich with potential. These environments are often quiet, transformative, contemplative spaces - sensory experiences – reflecting on Yugen, our relatedness to one another, and the ephemeral wonder around us and within us.