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I was trained in metalsmithing at MassArt in Boston where I received my BFA. I loved the process of working with my hands and manipulating metal. During this time my inspiration came from Victorian-era decorative arts.
Eventually, I went to graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside Detroit, the ‘Motor City’. While I was there, I visited the Detroit Auto Show, which was an awesome spectacle of shiny, flashy vehicles propped up on elaborate displays. I loved the bold colors and high gloss finish along with the curves of the automobiles. My work began to focus on sculpture, incorporating this visceral essence.
After moving back to the East coast, I was invited to create an installation at the Albany International Airport. My inspiration for the installation came from my early childhood memories, looking up at the sky searching for clouds that looked like different animals.
The inspiration for my current work comes from two worlds, both related to creatures.
In our society, animals are used as symbols to bestow the essence of our culture’s most positive attributes. I find myself intrigued by this use of animals to promote these ideals, whether to boost the morale of athletic teams or compel buyers to purchase a fast car. This inspiration, combined with memories of my own childhood innocence, searching for creatures within a cloud-strewn sky, came together to inform my work.
My primary focus is sculpture, which is a collage of biomorphic forms, decorative arts elements and animal iconography, often embedded in a stylized cloud formation. I strive to encourage a visceral essence and a desire in the viewer to explore each piece.