I am interested in building a narrative, a collection of stories that reflect the passing of time. Like a thought process that unfolds intuitively, I approach material with a sense of curiosity and openness to the unknown. Through the process of making, I stumble upon a story. Events unfold with the passing of time and leave artifacts behind. I am interested in working with a sense of history, the coming and going of things. Notions of play loom in the background.
My most recent body of work explores the interaction of function and play in everyday objects, conjured by a child’s imagination. I wanted to create a series of objects that are found in the domestic space - tools, toys, and brushes. These are the items that clean and care for our bodies, maintain our households, and spark our imaginations. Through this work I strived to create a series of ceramic forms that seem to be weathered with the passing of time, and hold no function other than keepers of history, reminders of a time and a place. What stories would be told if we placed all of our tiny instruments on a table? A mapping of history through a collection of tools and toys? Would we find objects of care and growth? Would we see parts of our childhood and past self, or that of others? Would the layers of old paint on utility brushes remind us of every house we ever lived in? Through my mixed-media ceramic work, I strive to evoke this sense of memory.
My most recent work includes a table arrangement of low-fire earthenware brushes, tools and objects. For this project, I enjoyed working with the bare surface of the fired earthenware clays, both red and white. There is a starkness, simplicity, and neutrality to the palette that is liberating for me. Eliminating the use of the glaze brought a rawness and vulnerability to the work. My use of color in “Dreamscape Daydream” brings about a different mood and tone. I think of this piece as a three dimensional children’s drawing, or a world where a child’s imagination might go if they were playing outside with a paper airplane, or building with blocks inside on a rainy day. I wanted the colors and forms to evoke a sense of playfulness, a game the viewer is engaging in, or simply watching from afar. For this piece I created pigmented hand-made paper to create the surface of the forms, radiant color attached to the surface. I wrapped the wet abaca paper over the bisque ware, and it dried to fit the forms. I plan to use this technique in the future, combining paper as a mixed-media component to my ceramic work.
There is a duality in my work, a play between the permanence and impermanence of material, ceramics versus drawing, paper and fibers. A broken ceramic form has the ability to remain intact for decades, whereas cardboard, paper and fabric will disintegrate over time, left without a trace. This serves as a metaphor for the process and lifespan of a piece. My experience in ceramics serves as the backbone of my work, a framework from which to build. I am drawn to paper, fibers, and drawing for its stance within the present moment. My goal is to combine the two, and allow each material to inform the other through process and content.