Wood is an essential part of my artistic practice. Trees are diverse in species and natural to the earth. Similar to a medical record, growth rings and other facets provide information about a trees life. As a result of harsh conditions they sustain injuries and attempt to heal themselves. After a tree has fallen, it slowly decays as it returns back to the earth. For these reasons I feel there is a spiritual relationship that exists between humans and trees.
As human beings, I believe we endure significant periods of decay and repair throughout our lives. Through age and hardship we become worn, both physically and emotionally. We experience cyclic phases of joy, sorrow, death and rebirth, some lasting much longer in duration than others. Navigating the spaces between life and mortality, my sculptures investigate themes of struggle, deterioration and mending, utilizing the tree as a metaphor to the ailing human experience.
The sculptures I create are composed of natural and man-made materials. I view the incorporation of man-made materials as a force acting upon the organic wooden forms. These components offer additional qualities that cannot be achieved with wood alone. For example, concrete has characteristics of rigidity and permanence. Its form marks the end result of an irreversible process, the mixing and solidification of water and cement. Additionally, I incorporate metals such as bronze. Similar to how we transform our own lives, metals can be altered and refined. Using reductive processes, I carve or remove parts of the tree to create the wooden forms. Through the subtraction of wood and the addition of man-made materials, these processes speak to the periods of decay and preservation that human beings endure.