My sculptural work in fiber, metal and clay is as an exploration of spaces, lines, and shadows with a goal to pull the viewer from the exterior of a piece into the interior to explore the full scope of these often organic sculptures.  The fiber and metal pieces are an outgrowth of my ceramic work where I create hand-built, ovoid vessels, which explore positive and negative space through their folded, natural forms.  In metal and fiber, the materials allow me to explore the interrelation of the basic structure and the materials’ linear nature. This creates an interplay between line and form to enhance a sense of motion within the piece utilizing both their shapes and shadows. 

In my natural fiber pieces I use the organic quality of the materials to reflect the natural world through an intuitive, evolving process.  I create these largely spherical forms and intersecting spaces using reed tied with raffia, fine thread or waxed cotton.   By using lightweight and flexible materials I can explore different dimensions and means of presentation including the ability to maintain continual movement in hanging pieces. Often I view these open baskets as reminiscent of nests in which I hope to reflect a sense of movement, explore the interplay between spaces and their shadows.

My metal work builds off the organic forms but introduces an industrial contrast in many of the pieces.  My table pieces in both steel and copper span from spherical forms to more open “nests” or vessels.  The inherent qualities of the metal, both in texture and strength, allow me to create pieces which are simultaneously solid and flowing.  My metal hanging and wall mounted pieces emphasize the linear nature of the work, using the lines to simultaneously create a form and a sense of fluidity within the piece.