ARTIST STATEMENT: I sometimes think that I sculpt to make the intangible, tangible.
I seem to be on a constant search for meaning; always wondering about life’s mysteries and secrets, always intrigued by life’s polarities, particularly when the strong and vulnerable reside together.
For the past 10 years, I’ve been creating people; alone and in relationships, imbuing them with substance and presence. Life size and larger, these people have a quirky sensibility that makes them easy to relate to. We consider their individual stories assigning to them our own narratives.
They are made from rough carpenter’s woods: 4x4’s, 2x4’s, and boards of various sizes. The pieces are laminated and doweled together. There are no metal fasteners. I build them up in layers and then carve them into shape, leaving exposed seams and dowels, so the process of building is visible and the pieces feel like they are still in the process of becoming. The rough surfaces are marked and painted, giving them a lively, active energy.
I have recently ventured into creating very large pocketbooks. Size is a factor. Each bag is given the stature it deserves in the eyes of most women. We love our bags! They hold the contents of our lives. They represent us as in a metaphor. In some way the bag is a reflection of who we are.
Wanting to get at the secrets revealed within, I leave a glimmer of transparency; a tease at what we might see within.
When making my people I built organically with wood in a layering fashion; one piece of wood positioned upon another. When making my handbags, I layer using plaster soaked burlap. Layering is an important technique for me, it suggests complexity. Many years ago I read The Little Prince, a poetic tale written by Saint-Exupéry. “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” This line in the novella, has always spoken to me. I believe this to be true; nevertheless, against all odds, I still seek to know the essential and explore this in my sculpture.