I am in love with objects. Sometimes new objects, but usually old, used objects that speak to me of their past life. I want to own them, possess them, intimately explore their curves and corners, dimples, dots, swirling lines or smooth broad planes.
When I find an object I particularly love – an ashtray, a candy dish, a lampshade, even a toilet plunger – I make a mold so that I can recreate it again and again. I pare the object down to pure form, taking away original function, color, and material, leaving nothing to distract from the beauty of the original design.
I assemble and re-assemble these forms, at times combining various bits and pieces into new objects, alternately using the casts in an unaltered state, repeating each form multiple times, building larger abstract installations, creating emphasis through repetition. Light and shadow on lustrous white ceramic surfaces emphasize the lines and planes that originally called to me. I add in other materials, balancing an abundance of color and texture with the purity of the ceramic forms to create large compositions that encompass walls and rooms.
Individual wall installations of slipcast ceramic forms with found/altered items.Read More