Act 3 2018
This work presents unrestricted inquiry into the tensions between the experience of pleasure and pain, sacrifice and liberation, and the struggle between the psychological and physical self. Ceramic pieces resembling bones, and leather possessing skin-like qualities, present the vitality of a living organism. While some of the works embrace the medical-industrial character of the materials such as rubber, latex and stainless steel, the incorporation of materials such as clay, leather, twine and wood, blur the line between the body and its origins in nature. I insert found objects such as electrical components or metal scraps with investigative curiosity of how their distinct auras and histories interact with the materials at hand. The viewer is threatened by these mutations and interior spaces because they are at once recognizable and foreign, attractive and repulsive.
This work is about exploring forms that look like artifacts from or of the body that are suspended in time and space. They are no longer in their original state nor fully transformed, possessing both aggressive and passive qualities. I think about them as left overs of some kind of ritualistic event that have reached some point of exhaustion.
Through immersing myself into material exploration, I am challenged to think about material histories, and to consider to what degree I can strip certain materials of their histories and how much I choose to expose. My interest in materials and how different materials spark certain responses has become part of my practice. The work is constantly evolving and I'm interested in how to create a psychological experience and evoke viewer’s empathetic responses.