My work is a conversation between artist and material. The process of creating a piece involves discovering how a material behaves when worked with in a certain way, finding how the wood bends (and when it breaks), how the cloth lays, how the paper folds; using methods to modify those properties (steam bending, epoxy coating), and sometimes deciding that a material doesn’t want to talk about what the artist wanted to talk about. Each form of each type of material has it’s own properties and contributions, and specific viewpoints to bring to the work. The three materials I work with most are wood, paper, and cloth. Each combination of these materials facilitates certain forms and conversations.
This way of working leads me to emphasize the process of building and creating, which culminates periodically in the completion of a piece. The final art, lantern, article of clothing, doll, mobile, or boat carries with it the marks of its construction.
I find the idea of conversation to be present in my other work (evolution and genetics), especially when we think about forces that interactions play in the evolution of species. Dogs are the result of a ‘conversation’ between wolves and humans - the crops our society depends on are a conversation between the plants, the landscape, the climate, and the ones doing the farming. Even diseases and pests which have evolved to thrive in the environments we create (either inside our bodies (viruses), in our fields (insect pests), or in our walls (i love rats)) and which we regard with dismay, did not emerge fully formed, but have evolved along with us as we converse.