As with fairytales and fables, dreams are imaginary alternate worlds that convey underlying darkness and lessons to be learned. The sensory impressions left by dreams unite our experiences, memories, and the absurdities of daily life, and can change how we relate to and view the world. My artwork is often derived from the feelings and images that linger after dreaming.
Surrealism creates a connection between the realms of the unconscious and conscious experiences, often through juxtaposing incongruous imagery. In combining humor with disquieting themes, my sculptures become tableaus that explore human nature, specifically the desires and fears of my unconscious. Inherently whimsical objects, such as a cupcake, when paired with red shoes and a forest, create a disturbing narrative the viewer will imply through his/her own experiences.
The processes and rhythms of working in clay facilitate the connection between conscious and unconscious experiences, such as allowing the hands to work intuitively while the mind is focused on theory. In addition, the versatility and malleability of clay allow for the achievement of a variety of forms and surfaces that express the qualities of surrealism I am seeking. Although process is important, my choice of materials is ultimately determined by their suitability to the emotions and ideas I want to convey.