ARTIST STATEMENT

My work examines the oscillating nature of relationship, swinging between togetherness and absence. Through removing, altering, or abstracting an object’s historical function, I ask what is gained and lost through an evolved purpose. Space between formal elements becomes a near-tangible presence; an expanse that can be interrupted by a viewer’s physicality. By juxtaposing multiple or dual iterations of an object, I imply a codependence that simultaneously reinforces and detracts from individual importance.

Relationships to familiar objects, such as a swing set and measuring cups, are called into question through the use of ephemeral materials. Conversely, familiar objects, such as used-dryer sheets and recycled soap, are abstracted into new situations. The materiality of my work is fragile and expected to experience formal deterioration. Ground forms, composed of sand, have to be maintained in their careful shapes. Strings need to be detangled, and unfired clay beads replaced. The inevitable decomposition of materials echo notions of life cycles and renewal; examining the things we leave behind and those we take with us.