I am informed by my own 20-year journey out of fibromyalgia. My sculpture confronts subject matter that relates to vitality in juxtaposition to isolation, stillness in counterpoint to unwitting lethargy, and the invisibility of chronic pain. The work is informed by a backdrop of otherness, that references notions of my own racial hybridity.
In series Anima bands of thrown and altered clay are coaxed into kinetic rhythms with attention to line, speed, density, and movement. Each piece drives toward harmony or chaos, yearning for transcendence or resolution. I vary the clay bodies as well as firing and finishing to reflect the range of possibilities in the human condition. My preference for working in “faux metal” references the duality of living with disability: polished to the external world, while the reality of the internal is hidden to view.
November 1, 2014