2002 MFA Ceramic, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1999 BFA Ceramics, Kansas State University, Manhanttan, KS
Generally speaking, my interest as an object maker lies in a desire to create narratives that reference the history of the human animal and it's evolutionary quest to both tame and isolate itself from that which is wild. The curiosities of human invention, discovery and power become fodder for such creations. In the work, there are core formal references to both human anatomy and various botanical and biological forms as a foundation for staging such aforementioned narratives. There is also a conscious effort to provide relationships between disparate associations such as big and small, wet and dry, light and dark, old and new, life and death, ripeness and decay and on and on... I hope to project the possibility of a multitude of metaphors, interpretations and questions about our existence through layering such information within each composition. All of this tends to lie on the surface but, at some deeply seeded level there is the personal spectrum of life experiences, wonder and unknowns that drive the work.