Pia Mater means tender mother in Latin and is the delicate innermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord. This piece works with the concept of interdependency; clustering forms that speak to each other in relationship--nestling and supportive and aligned in a responsive way to each other. I like to push the limits of what my materials can convey and let them speak in a gestural relationship, like life itself.
This piece references a recurring theme in my work - carnal architecture - bones and organs becoming architectural forms and architecture or furniture becoming landscape or body. The design of the spine allows the ability to stand erect and protects the spinal chord which enervates the being.
Trophy II merges the concept of fertility and conquest. The contrasts found in the concepts of trophies are curious. There are the trophies that are composed of disembodied prey decoratively mounted on a hunter’s wall and there are women who are deemed to be “trophy wives.” This work also draws from the mythological, referencing Artemis of Ephesus, combining fertility with conquest. Looking at sculptures of Artemis of Ephesus, there is a common assumption that the spherical objects are female breasts. This is incorrect, they most likely represent the testicles of a bull, a symbol of fertility that persists to this day.
In this body of work, I am investigating one of my first loves - the malleability of clay - a connection to an ancient, primal way of making - desiring that moment of pulling something formed by hands from the fire, transformed into a solid form. The pure form of the vessels began to take on various human qualities, i.e., yearning or nurturing. Inside/outside space becomes important - the mystery of the inside space. The pieces became resonant sound amplifiers, and viewers were encouraged to actively listen to the sculptures as actual sound pieces or, more conceptually in Auditory Vessel, the piece becomes a receptacle for secrets told.
These original black glass sculptures were hand blown and manipulated hot. The title Boutons refers to the part of a nerve fiber or cell which facilitates contact between nerves--designed to communicate information--embodying physical forms that listen and converse-striving to rise into consciousness.