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Dwellings Series

The Dwelling Sculptures are part of a body of work in, which the initial inspiration came from a book by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard called “The Poetics of Space.” Bachelard’s exploration shows how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories and dreams. These sculptures use the idea of inhabited space to create a metaphor for humanness.

I have always been fascinated with the innate responses we have to our surroundings. Why do we feel such peace and comfort in some places and such agitation in others? I also found that some of Bachelard’s theories tied into Buddhist beliefs while his words evoked images of primitive places from another time. We are imprinted at birth by something that keeps us connected to the earth. In these pieces my intention is to combine the two by creating a form reminiscent of a cocoon, a nurturing space with an open door that lets the world in and a ladder, which represents the life long journey back to a place of safety and comfort or our true self.

The text written on the Dwellings are short poems referencing memories of home. I write around the piece in a circular fashion, evoking the natural rhythm of a conversation. The writing mimics the way an intimate conversation exists at a certain time and place between two people. We may forget the exact details but certain words always remain. We all create memories and keep them alive for ourselves. Then, in turn, memories create us.

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Sphere Series

The sphere series takes a step into kinetics. A fascination with form and movement combine with the textures from the saggar firing. The circle is the most basic and familiar form. The simplicity of the form is pleasing and the challenge comes from finding the perfect circle and balance.

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