Since the pandemic my work has centered around how/why we assign meaning to objects and places. My practice of the sacred began with rituals. I built alters in the woods and began creating groups of 5 objects like the I Ching each morning as a way to frame my day. Through my MFA work I have been researching sacred practices with objects around alters, reliquaries and death rituals. Exploring the form the archive takes on our bodies and how our bodies are archived. The indicators in our natural world in contrast with the death that surrounds us. I am interested in what we leave behind, or how we transform.

 

The notion of alchemical transformation has leaked slowly into my own work. The power of the elemental: physical, emotional and spiritual to change the state, the molecular morphology of us or of objects is fascinating to me. Through teaching, investigation and travel I try to grapple with the ideas of transformation and displacement. I examine the friction between stillness and motion, biomechanics and engineering, organic elemental change and inorganic human influence. I am fascinated by the way our lives (like the laws of physics) make way for others, otherness and the complications of modern life. The act of physical or emotional transformation and displacement presents varying levels of discomfort, revelation, emptiness and yearning. I continue to try and capture these moments in my work. I like to create physical and simple images and sculptures that are both familiar and unidentifiable using objects and archives as inspiration and narrative.