Through figurative animal sculpture I explore the human condition and whether our sense of purpose is innate or the product of our individual experience.
I use animal imagery in order to utilize associations with base instinct and survival, often combining that imagery with mechanical or industrial components to symbolize external influence and control.
I often choose subjects such as rodents, insects, and endangered species because I find that few narrative characters carry the question of purpose better than the small and disregarded. The most profound truths can be observed in the smallest details and quietest moments of these individual lives.
I make art because I believe that all life is precious and purposeful. I desire to inspire others to disassociate the concept of value with external appearance. By drawing the viewer in to a detailed narrative moment, I hope to stimulate both a sense of social empathy and also introspection regarding the origin of purpose in their own life.
In practice I work mainly in ceramics, often utilizing mixed media and found objects, incorporating a high level of detail and layering that often requires a second, closer look.