My sculptural work explores the concept of bodies as vessels for the spirit, and the dualities present in these forms. Form, material, and texture are used to reference cultural and societal effects on the physical and spiritual self, particularly with respect to women.
Variations between the interior and exterior of the form can be seen as a metaphor for the physical world versus the spirit. In this sense, the exterior of the vessel represents an outer shell, something that characterizes the form to the outside world. The void or interior space is reserved for the spirit, something implied, only visible from certain perspectives.
Some choices are made to emphasize the physicality of the form, suggesting a strong presence, while in other pieces the form is meant to be more ghost-like, focusing on the soul. The forms of these sculptures are based loosely on abstractions of the female figure, referencing the human body through size and verticality.
When using techniques such as knitting, weaving, and basket making, accumulation becomes an important theme. The figure is constructed with a series of stitches or knots, each life experience or event building up to help define the form.
Technique, material, and shape are all carefully considered to define a series of distinctive figural forms. Each piece is meant to reflect different effects of society and culture on women, how we are defined, portrayed, and ultimately, how we view ourselves.