My work represents my thoughts and feelings. Acknowledging every idea, regardless of how ridiculous it may be, allows a freedom of expression and openness of questioning. These questions arise from a natural curiosity about the world and an aptitude for learning.
Somehow, my thoughts always seem to lead back at the same root question: What does it mean to be human? This is a terribly complex question. Biologically? Socially? Morally? It is a question that excites me, puzzles me, and frustrates me.
Working in sculpture and installation, I use bridges and ropes as symbols of connection in order to explore questions of human social interaction. The pieces vary in physical scale as well as the scale of the communities that they speak to. A circular bridge represents unification on a global scale, whereas a bridge made from residential fences asks viewers to consider community in their own neighborhoods.
Much of my work stems from biological principles. I question what makes us so similar yet so unique. If we are nearly genetically identical, what makes us so socially divided? My works examine differences and similarities in our bodily compositions and the stigmas that accompany them.
Each piece I make has a gentle presence, inviting viewers into a quiet contemplation and reflecting the quiet contemplation that went into making it. The work encourages questioning and discussion instead of offering up solutions. I don’t know the answers to these questions and likely never will, and that is what fascinates me. Thus, my art serves as documentation of my experience in trying to answer the unanswerable.
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