Artist Statement

My sculptures investigate the ailing human condition utilizing the tree as a metaphor. I view the wooden forms I create as abstract representations of the human figure. As the material dries and moves, large surface cracks emerge. I embrace these defects as a natural process in life, similar to a scar or the wrinkles in our skin. By removing the exterior layers of the tree, I force my perspective and narrative onto the material. This work is a response to the periods of decay and repair endured throughout life.

I incorporate secondary materials in the composition of the sculptures, such as concrete and metal. Due to their characteristics of rigidity and permanence, these materials generally perform an implied action on the wooden forms, suggesting the sculptures are existing in a state of conservation or distress. As a result, the wooden forms must struggle or cope with the situation at hand, inviting the viewer to reflect on their own personal experiences in dealing with hardship.