A question that I focus on in my work is how to capture the space between the life of mundane, utilitarian things, that mostly go unnoticed, and the waves of emotion that they can trigger when we occasionally see them for what they are: emblems of time and place and memory and love.
My works often represent domestic items that are mostly kept hidden away, but are essential for the home to function. By hand crafting and re-making these mundane items; toilet paper, a litter box, sinks, toilets, mops, I invest them with a sort of sympathetic magic, that transforms them from their bluntly practical function into devotional objects that serve as repositories of poignant recall and emotional moments in my personal history.
The hand-carved toilet, fabricated from a 200 pound block of cast soap, becomes a romantic monument to the shared intimacy that a couple can have within the privacy of daily bathroom rituals. The toilet represents a sort of tool for eliminating what is unwanted, but its use requires a moment of physical vulnerability that has real potential for connection and honesty. When we are at our most vulnerable, we rely on the trust we have built with those we love to support us and watch over us. I find a sort of romance and innate intimacy in the forms associated with those moments. My obvious touch in the construction of a soap toilet shifts the character of the toilet from sterile to emotional. Toilets serve as a sort of echo of the moments in which someone is simultaneously the most physically indisposed as well as the most emotionally vulnerable. By laboring over the containers of this abject experience, I labor over the moments in which we are all most exposed, and potentially the moment in which we are most able to be found and loved completely.
My works almost always demonstrates a quality of human touch, or a subtle descriptive failure that suggests bodily mediation and psychological nuance. The objects have a slightly animated quality that hints at an inner life, or a sort of emotional possession moving them beyond the banal or purely functional. In turn, my objects ask viewers to look around with a sharply critical eye, but also with an open heart.