I often feel that I am very similar to a nine-year-old boy. I have trouble sitting still, love stripes, dinosaurs, candy, overalls, trains, trucks, ask too many questions, bug people, run when I should be walking, and play when I should be listening, but probably not for the same reasons as most young boys. I am unable to define these reasons, but there is something pure, easy to understand and enjoyable about most of my likes and enjoyments. There is an honesty that people lose as they age. Individuals become less willing to play and playfulness is less accepted.
I was interested in the way things fit together before I knew what craft and art were. I enjoy the process and get lost in it. I come up with an idea and learn how to carry it out to a result that would satisfy me. This passion for craft has sparked my interest in functional art that is playful and interactive, furniture and sculpture with strong personalities. My hands are my most important tool in communicating my ideas in three dimensional form.
I strive to design and craft pieces that are comprehensible on many levels, functional objects that are enjoyable to be around, but also tend to challenge conventional concepts. My work is a reflection of me and my quirks, often exhibited in an obsessive and compulsive repetition of material and objects, and a visible connection between the process and the final product. I would describe my work as delicately whimsical. In the past, apparent ideas have been materiality, history and comfort. I hope to continue to play with material and form as well as interaction and understanding.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
Residency: February 2013 - May 2013
Art Exhibition: Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
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