Artist Statement

I am interested in the phenomenological experienced through the mundane. I make objects, installations and time-based works that push our perception of time and space. These works, while being generated from a personal vocabulary, relate on a very basic level to our experience of the body. The use of the body in my work speaks more to the corporeal, physical side of living and, simultaneously, experiences that are beyond physical comprehension. I am not so much interested in the formal qualities of a figure as I am the way in which a body exists in or moves through space. I address these spatial interactions and narratives by creating formal and symbolic elements, which present narratives of ritualistic engagement with space. When I craft a piece of furniture, a relic, a small architectural motif, or a barrier or passageway in space, my objective is for those sharing the same space as my works to have a heightened sense of their own body.

Whether in motion or at rest, we are more than likely unaware of gravity and other forces that separate us from total control. I create and curate objects and experiences in order to make one aware of how their body “is” in relation to these phenomenal external forces. A doorway becomes a vehicle to reexamine a few inches of movement. An ottoman becomes a new way to experience the force of gravity. A lamp enhances our understanding of how particles react in the same space we inhabit by traveling a million times faster than we are able in every direction. A wall then transforms into a physical plane pushing against the air we move through. We exist in a physical dimension, yet are capable of nonphysical experiences. This is the paradox that perpetuates experimentation, invention and searching through material form in my work. Creating an experience that is just as fleeting as it is concrete can be done through illusion, but if we experience it through our own bodies, it becomes all the more real.