Paper airplanes, action figures, comic books and cartoons. Bringing life to objects is my goal, and I strive to make work that awakens the inner child in the adult mind. As a child, I grew fond of the idea of a secret identity in fictional heroes. During the process of finding myself, I felt more of a connection with the heroes and characters that flooded my childhood. I wanted to have fun and enjoy life, and also be a mature, respected individual. I viewed “adulthood” as a place that I wanted to stay away from for as long as possible. Hard decisions, paying bills…responsibility! Inevitable as it is, I found a way to clash my idea of staying young at heart and learned to use being an adult as my secret identity.
Through my work, I am finding ways to fictionalize life and evoke a playfulness that resides in all. I chose clay as the main material of use because I am attracted to how malleable it can be. Every touch to a fresh block of clay changes its character. My functional work brings color and excitement to a simple cup of coffee or plate of food and I strive for a utilitarian approach. My sculptures brighten up a room and scream for attention, I am very open to mixed media, and finding the element that works rather than taking a purist approach, and making all parts in clay.
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