What is real? How does one know? I have been immersed in these questions for over three decades through studying the intersection of philosophy, linguistics, biology, and spirituality. These questions provoke contemplation and curiosity. I try to bring this mood to my work, inviting viewers to be surprised, to wonder, to question and reconsider, to embrace curiosity and uncertainty. These are the moments in which we are most alive.
I work in series:
Natural Botanicals are three-dimensional trompe l’oeil, in which a brittle manufactured material takes on the appearance of something organic and pliant. They celebrate the beauty of nature and its ability to lift us out of the commotion of everyday life that seems so urgent and important, reminding us we belong to mysteries far greater.
Imaginary Botanicals entice us out of the confines of our ordinary realities, into alternate realities where the unexpected can appear.
Questionable Foods pokes at us to question what we are eating and what we call food.
The Liberty series addresses moments in life when we find ourselves trapped in cages, whether imposed upon us or of our own making, from the merely annoying to the painful and horrific. Some of us fortunately find opportunities to pull ourselves out and move into new realities.
Offerings are inspired by the teachings and mudras (spiritual hand gestures) of the Buddha. This series of work invites us out of the “I want” culture, into the spiritual healing and peace generated through gratitude and generosity.