Handle for the Axe
HANDLE FOR THE AXE
In my artwork, I have always dealt with tensions, harmonies, and metaphorical dichotomies that I express through visual and processual contrasts. Thus, alterations between different forms of casting and mark making, the relationship between the organic and the inorganic, and rhythmic, shifts between modulation and improvisation have always been at the core of my vocabulary as a ceramic artist.
However, as I no longer limit myself to the use of a single material, contrasts and dualities have found new dimension in my recent work. Particularly, combinations of ceramics and Formica have allowed for greater disparity in process and starker visual contrasts than I was able to achieve working solely with clay. Becoming a multi-media artist has also granted a greater perspective on the nature and use of materials, not merely as a means of achieving a visual result, but as distinct elements with an intrinsic value that shape the content of sculpture.
Working with two materials that imply domesticity, domestication, domestic spaces, and domestic articles, I have looked to these most familiar environments and icons as a source of inspiration for form and surface. The result of late has been work that is as much part of a broad commentary as it is personal reflection on the macro and micro – the private and social - environments in which I live. Honest reflection into these spaces of my life has resulted in work that aims to be both critical and nostalgic – a seemingly irreconcilable paradox that breeds strangeness and duplicity.