I am drawn to working in ceramic clay because of its inherently ambiguous nature. It is extremely flexible at the start and dangerously brittle just before firing. Coming from the earth, it has a solid reality, but when worked, it can become intensely spiritual. The clay is ready to assume many shapes, textures, and meanings.
As a linguist, I am fascinated by language: How difficult it is to express thoughts and events through words, and how easily those words slip from context and acquire ritual meaning far beyond their syllables. Many of my works spring from this passion, evoking lost worlds, hidden meanings, and the eternal truths of ritual.
I also delight in manipulating form and texture, often alluding to other materials by evocation more than imitation. My goal is to present work which encourages viewers to explore their own thoughts and emotions through contemplation.
For me, art is the process of uncovering the layers of knowledge, feeling, and myth in the artist and in the spectator.