Through my practice I explore 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.