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I am a sculptor working in clay to create both indoor and outdoor pieces, most of which contain an interpretation of a human or animal form. Occasionally I add a symbol derived from myth or a snippet of my subconscious to complete the sculpture. My inspiration comes from time spent in Botswana. I was captivated by the animals … their shapes, sizes, movements, sounds … and the variety in the sheer vastness of the African bush landscapes. This environment contrasts largely with my daily existence living in Washington DC. My sculptures reflect elements from both surroundings.
My work focuses on the increasingly complex coexistence of city life and nature. Some of the pieces are totems comprised of unlikely combinations of living things into a harmonious composition – a peaceable kingdom of sorts – and others present animals lovingly holding other creatures or objects. The totems reflect a fantasy that arises by blending the wildlife through form, gesture and character. As the urban footprint continues to broaden across the globe,
the natural balance of space, energy and resources must adjust. The need for individuals, whether human or animal, to coexist peacefully with one another becomes more pressing and important.
I work in clay because of the way it feels, its tireless unpredictability and technical challenges, and the possibilities for surface treatment. I admire the sheer fragility incorporated into the finished piece. Each is one-of-akind, which underlines clay’s basic connection to the earth and compliments nature’s intrinsic “one-of-a-kindness.”