My practice explores the often ineffable experience of trauma though the visual metaphor used to speak about it. I am intensely interested in the common practice of defaulting to simile and metaphor when discussing the personal experience of being. I find it troubling that there are experiences where words cannot suffice. As a result, I find myself clinging to the words we use when we must speak about something, although we are not sure how. My sculptures often consist of a dismantled metaphor, creating a parallel between the human experience and the relationships between hard and soft materials. Using carved stone, I am able to create a precious-seeming object which receives projected sympathy from the audience. When compared to the soft fabric sculptures alongside them, strangled by metal rings, the weight and durability of the stone work is emphasized. By carving a representation of an object, I memorialize it in its current form, creating a reverent snapshot of an object in its time of trauma. I tend to work with sculpture in two modes: the display object and the displayed object. Most of my sculptures can be broken down into these two elements. My work examines these relationships by changing materiality, leaving the displayed object seeming either crushed and suffocated, or protected and cradled by its display mechanism. The supporting structures I create force their objects into an ambiguous state of flux.