I aim to create visual art that is inviting, approachable and humorous, yet on a deeper level ponders the paradoxes and restlessness of our increasingly unnatural, man-made and self-conscious world. I am motivated by the endless contradictions and compromised situations that we all eventually find ourselves living in. For example, in the piece Yertle the Turtle, my idea was to reflect—humorously—the corporate ladder to ‘success’ that involves a lot of kissing up and being stepped on or stepping on others. While in Spinning Wheels, and Execute! I reflect on the contradiction of being in a buttoned up professional work environment while also feeling rage and other emotions. In Flat Making Machine I reduced complex human beings in a mechanical way to flattened objects, much as the world often objectifies rather than humanizes us.
Quite simply, I make art for the natural pleasure of working with my hands; feeling connected to materials such as wood, clay and paint and as a satisfying venue for genuinely expressing what I observe about this world and my existence in it.