Artist Statement

I am interested in the phenomenological experienced through the mundane. I make objects, installations and time-based works that are generated from a personal vocabulary but speak to a broad understanding of space as it is perceived through our bodies. In my work, corporeal existence is experienced through participation, used to create units of measurement, or examined to derive figural elements of representation. It is the more measurable side of the relationship between the physical experience of living and the experiences that are beyond physical comprehension.  I propose questions to this relationship by building ritualistic narrative or engagement into a space or habitat. 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 in how it relates to those objects in space.

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 becomes a tool to bounce light particles all around us, a million times over. What is it, though, that allows us to experience something beyond these physical interactions? The mind? Something more of a spirit? Can an object possess the power to initiate it? We exist in a physical dimension, within a physical body, yet are capable of having 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.