ARTIST STATEMENT: My current drawings are meditations on time and tide. Repetitive mark making as mindful record keeping: the initial line mimics the top edge of the paper with each additional line attempting to trace or echo the contour of the line above it. The accumulation results in a methodical, quiet yet dense movement.
For this, I have begun making my own paper, custom inks—modifying historical recipes—and quill pens from various bird feathers. The inconsistency of the ink and crudeness of the pen allows for a certain lack of control and imperfection. A fleeting sense of beauty persists as the ink fades, and one is reminded of our ephemeral state of being.
My sculpture, installations and drawings share a wry and poetic language that is inherent in the hybrid and diverse materials with which they are created. This material exploration and my hands-on process are cornerstones to my work. The organic evolution of each piece allows for changes and modifications along the way. My process is labor intensive to the point of meditative: drawing or rendering light with a straight pin, painting tartan plaid with a triple-zero brush or hand stamping a fourteen by fifteen foot field of text into earth one small letter at a time. I believe a particular rhythm or atmosphere is created that extends past the point of actual construction and continues to resonant with the work for the remainder of it’s life.
I take my cues from the act of looking. Simple daily observations, that once under scrutiny, compel me to challenge what I know (or thought I knew) about the larger questions to life. These private conversations are my inspiration and it is through my own experiences that I share a means of expression that delicately pushes past the personal to awaken the collective senses.