My art practice is more of an intellectual pursuit of my curiosities, then a desire to express a specific message. I love to play and experiment; to try what I’ve never tried before; to do what some say “shouldn’t” be done. I think artists are like scientists. Just like a scientist, we begin with a question, something we don’t know. We research that question and experiment our hypotheses. To do this, we bring with us a chaos of ideas and influences, baskets of chosen materials, some courage to take risks, and ever evolving skills. For me, making art focuses them all into a singular result, a thesis, an expression.
Both my and my viewers’ first question is where does an artists inspiration come from. The only answer I can give is… everywhere. Every time I use my senses, I am inspired to use those sensations and transform them with infinite recombinations. Everything I see eventually finds a voice in something I make.
Both my and my viewers’ second question is some version of “What do you do?” Answering that I’m an artists feels limiting. We all. Have preconceptions of what an artists “must” be; I choose to say that I’m a material explorer, and with various art materials, I let out all that my curiosity brings into my mind’s eye. This leads to a fun conversation about how I see my work, my process and how we all sometimes stop to smell the roses. Art gives me a focus to enjoy such moments.
Both my and my viewers’ final question is “What does it mean?” While it is always more fun for me to hear what others get from my work, I have come to greatly enjoy the connections I make with people when I let them know what I feel it means. My art means many things, and for me it means joy, love, accomplishment, challenge, and sanctuary. I vacation freely and often in my works and invite others to join me and/or visit on their own terms. I am always willing to share the experience with a curious viewer.