I see the world in its entirety – the day and the night, the sacred and the profane, the precious and the discarded. This duality inspires me. Most of us are more comfortable having things be one way or the other— right or wrong, good or bad. My work embraces dissonance rather than recoiling from it, if even for a moment.
My art allows me to deal with my thoughts about our world. Are we perpetuating the same problems in different ways? Can we do better? Are we preserving our planet for the future or hurtling uncontrolled toward our demise? My work captures dichotomy, interesting and repulsing, comfortable but uneasy. I make beautiful things, things that tell you secrets but make you want to look away.
I find my muse in discarded materials, once valued now unwanted. Much of my art is made from a library of cultural fodder with seemingly nothing in common. Icons and items of silver, gold plate, cheap plastic, glass, or semiprecious stones, new or vintage, once treasure, now trash are on the palate. I resurrect these items to understand the value, to hold their flaws, to honor their past here in the present.