My work explores both my fascination and frustration with the fragile balance
between our physiology and psychology. We share a complicated relationship
with our bodies, fueling experiences which range from ecstatic or comfortable
to anxiety-ridden, awkward or painful. It is our most intimate relationship, and
in this develops a strong familiarity and trust, while also ultimately serving as
our greatest betrayal when age, disease and dysfunction cause inevitable
deterioration. While modern medicine has provided incredible insight into
genetics and the chemistry and anatomy our bodies, the vastness of what is still
unknown is baffling. We have come to expect the ability to treat and manage
our maladies yet are frequently confronted with the disappointment of unrealistic
expectations. This false sense of control is both beautiful and destructive as
we attempt to circumvent our biological limitations and transform into idealized
versions of ourselves.
Inadequate (with thready pulse), 12″ x 12″ x 1″, thread, fabric, graphite, $6,000
My current body of work, “Wonder and Weight,” simultaneously explores the
awe inspired by this complex physiology and the burden it imposes upon us.
I am using very direct imagery of pulse rates and brain scans coupled with
sculptures comprised of interwoven organs, nerves and drips that together create
an unusual landscape that is both recognizable and unsettling. These works
explore our response to stress – both in how mental tension is manifested in
our physical wellbeing as well as how physical strain can equally have dramatic
effects on our mental health.
The Space Between Us, 12″ x 9″, screenprint on paper, 2014, edition of 10, w/ frame $750, unframed, $600.
Within this body of work is the more optimistic series, “Flicker and Spark,” which
was directly inspired by images of my own, and my son’s, heart rates. I find
these images both haunting and beautiful as such a delicate flicker can contain such
a strong indicator of life. I am intrigued by the visual similarity between
our own natural rhythms and the ones we see in landscape – pulse rates when
stretched become mountains and lightning bolts while brain waves mimic the ebb
and flow of water and sky. This visual overlap strips away notions that we exist
outside of our surroundings and is a reminder of our interconnectedness with the
Instinct, 5″ x 11″ x 13″, ceramic, yarn, 2014, $1,200
Flicker & Spark, variable dimensions, each panel is 10″ x 10″ x 1″, wood, flock, screenprint, 2014, price by request ($250-$450 per panel).