We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. – C.S. Lewis.
In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.
hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form
and then hollowing it out. Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch
by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of
the structure of a blossom or a bee. I chose porcelain for its luminous
and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine
texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural
forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that
can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with
high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved
specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary
on our own culpability.
The house sparrows 'panhandling' for crumbs has to do with the few animal species that successful adapt and thrive within the urban man made environment - and how in certain ways familiarity breeds dismissal or contempt as a pest species.
The apples (alternate title 'strange fruit') are a response to
apples topping the (dirty dozen) list of fruit with most pesticide
residue in the US for the last three years.
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