Full Artist's statement
My artwork is rooted in domesticity and travel, wherein home is holy and sanctioned, habitual, private and wary. I have moved 32 times and observed neighborhoods change. I expand the concept of “to move,” using found, natural and architectural components with a vein of personal and mass travel. The drawn-to and repelled-from danger dynamic continues to have a voice in my work. Line quality is crucial, be it ink, welds or sutures. I love the hand-held, because regardless of the materials as precious or found scrap, the ability to caress the object draws attention to details, memory and potential. My current hand-held project is a series of abstract Birds, which explore personal freedom and migration. I also use human scale. I create sculptures or installations which invite viewers to interact, consider, and reposition how they encounter space. I treat doors as portals, manipulating their intended structure as egress spaces. In my newest works, mountains balance on wheels, contrasting the stable yet contained risk and mobility of earthquakes. I also write poetry, paint, and capture lost sounds in relationships and landscapes.