Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

The catalyst for my current work was a traumatic personal event that unfolded in 2017. My infant son was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous neurological disorder that caused severe epilepsy. This condition required extreme brain surgery involving a complete disconnection of the hemispheres. This work is informed by my extensive research into brain functions, structures, and neuroplasticity. I have become fascinated by neuronal cellular forms and what began as catharsis, evolved into a new visual vocabulary within my environmental work. The materials are varied, ranging from high-temperature & steel wire, porcelain, black stoneware, air-dry clay, slip-dipped wasp’s nests and LED lights. The wasp's nests have a paradoxical representation as both an incubator of new life but also a harbinger of danger.
Our bodies mirror nature in undeniable ways. Yet, our society has created an artificial construct that enables us to see ourselves as separate from nature. This allows us to enact our “right” to control and conquer whatever resources we “need” or desire. Vascular and respiratory systems and neurons and their synapses, move sustenance through our bodies and enable communication, not unlike the roots and branches of a tree. Additionally, the “information super-highway” that exists amongst tree roots in the form of mycelium networks informs this work. These forms serve as a metaphor for, and symbol, of society’s dysfunctional relationship with nature. The neurons and their dendrites are malformed, diseased and deteriorating, their connections weakened by abnormal impulses; a dissonance caused by a detachment from their origins. This work explores the danger of ambivalence in the face of environmental crisis.