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 body. 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. With the addition of concrete and metal, I create sculptures that focus on themes of decay and repair. Having characteristics of rigidity and permanence, these materials share a subtle tension with the organic wooden forms. The work is autobiographical, but invites the viewer to contemplate periods of hardship or struggle.