My practice is inspired by relationships; relationships found between people, to oneself, to our environment and to our experiences. Themes such as dependence vs. Independence have also inspired my current practice. I explore these themes through form, compositions and surface manipulation. My chosen materials and tools are also selected to enhance the meaning of the work. The sculptures are often made in multiples resulting in a silent dialogue between each other. My practice reflects the saying “the process of becoming, rather than a means to an end”.
I believe that there should be an even balance between the language of the material and my impact upon it. I therefore let the clay speak through simple manipulation where there is room for the clay and glaze to speak its own language. I manipulate and work with the clay to express different personal feelings. The method of making is also chosen in accordance to the meaning of the work. For me the clay is a vehicle to express intense feelings that capture a moment.
Local clays and wood ashes are often used to glaze my work. For me it is important to both research about my close environment and use its natural resources as well as using different found objects as my tools. This adds both meaning and helps to signify the importance of experience in an environment both physically mentally. I am also interested in making the sculptures at different locations which both adds meaning to that specific piece as it captures a moment and place.
After firing the pieces I put them together in different compositions usually made from two or more sections. I incorporate different materials such as metal, wood, or organic materials. The pieces are sometimes strung together using metal wire. I see the sculptures as a composition, one note after another. Each being dependent on the other’s presence in order for music to be heard.