Artist Statement

June 25, 2017

I'm interested in the state in-between, the vulnerable dividing line of comfort and discomfort, fight of flight, and fragility and strength. My background in painting has allowed me to explore these themes through two-dimensional work such as painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. I found at times the only way to express these physical states was to use my physical body as well. My art practice expanded to include performance art and glassblowing. It is now difficult to divide what is art in life, and what isn’t. The important question I ask myself is, what language, what medium, I need to express the idea at hand.

My own pilgrimages through nature allow me to confront our need of basic things such as food, water, and shelter. But through my own journey as well I am able to understand my own obsession of the in-between state, neither here nor there.  Where is the breaking point of all of us?

Glass is a performance, a dance of control that flickers over the line of gaining and losing control by shaping it, heating it, losing it, and letting go time after time, over and over. I am fascinated with the similarities and vast differences of both ice and glass, so much so that I tend to replicate them.

I strive to test the limits of comfort and survival through performance, painting, and sculpture. Glass and ice are used as mediums to convey vulnerability, empathy, and endurance. Both ice and glass are on the dividing line of translucency and opacity, liquidity and solidity, as well as strength and weakness.