CLAY, SLIP, UNDERGLAZE, STAIN, GLAZE
28 IN. X 28 IN. X 8 IN.
RED LODGE, MONTANA
I grew up around a lot of live theater and am interested in the way that performance can either distract viewers or invite them into the actors' imagined space. I treat each sculpture I make as my own stage performance and invitation into my psychological world. I use the figure in my work as a vehicle for narratives that involve themes of sexuality, gender identity, religion, adulthood, and play, and employ fairy tale whimsy in order to reveal a deeper, sometimes darker struggle. I blend realistic, abstract, and stylized figurative elements to create a puppet or doll-like figures that represent the patchwork nature of the human experience. In order to strip the veneer of adulthood and sophistication from my subject matter, I utilize childhood objects that reveal a more primal nature.
Much like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I create illustrative vignettes that lead the viewer deeper into an experience of fragmented figures and symbolic imagery. I invite the viewer to experience my work and emerge from the rabbit hole with their own stories and experiences.
CLAY, SLIP, UNDERGLAZE, STAIN, GLAZE, 28 IN. X 28 IN. X 8 IN., 2014
Sculpture of man and rooster.