“Art to me means expression. Ceramic art in general is a way to connect to the world around me through touch and telling stories. Art is a part of my fabric, it is woven into my being. Without it I don’t think I would be here today.”
Art materials: I primarily work in porcelain clay and use underglazes. I also paint using water colors and I draw.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Chadds Ford, PA and I am currently a Graduate student at the University of Delaware.
How would you describe how it feels to create your artwork?
It feels like a frenzy when I create. Sometimes I put my headphones on and lose myself in the piece I am working on. Art can be cathartic and pleasing as well as anxiety provoking and difficult, but most of the time making my art is felt in a positive light.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from many places. Some of the subjects that I use a lot are the human body, especially women, life experiences, emotions, and shared experiences. I also love to use humor in my work.
What kind of pieces do you make using humor as the theme?
In the past I have primarily made lots of cups and mugs, and painted on them whatever I thought was funny. I enjoy making people laugh! Animals are fun to use in humor pieces as well as absurd text.
Tell us about your creative process.
My pieces tend to evolve as I make them. I think for me, the best way to create is to just start something. It’s like trying to solve a mystery sometimes. I pull subjects, sometimes difficult ones, from inside and try to make them relateable to others. Another way I work is to have a concrete idea from the beginning to end and I try to execute that idea to the best of my ability. Sometimes this backfires if I can’t figure out how to create the idea. But as I tell everyone and even myself, the more practice and effort you put into something the more you get out of the experience, even the failed pieces are a learning experience.
What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
A common theme in my artwork is light and dark together, humor and sadness, etc. Another ongoing theme of my work is for it to be a little “off”. For me to create art gives me an outlet. I can work through ideas and situations visually to see clearer. I also create art revolving around some tough subjects like emotion and mental illness. Currently I am trying to investigate the idea of home and how it can be broken or whole, and how that plays into our lives once we leave the original home.
Where did you come up with the idea for your current project about home?
I came up with the idea for my current project mostly by being open and receptive to lives lived by many different kinds of people. Specifically, I had a great conversation at work one day with a coworker. He and I let down our preconceived notions about each other, and the possibility for stereotypes to sway the conversation, and had a respectful discussion about the differences in our lives and home life as well.
After that I began to realize that there is much, much more to a home than I had ever imagined (maybe I just had my eyes shut for a long time). Home is where some of us are born, we speak our first words, where we dream at night, where we form opinions, where we interact daily with our families, and where some of us take our last breath.
I began to wonder what others would classify as their home, what types of habits they formed around the home, what the family dynamic is like, if the home is riddled with addiction, abuse and dysfunction, or laughter, happiness and the ability to communicate effectively. There is so much to investigate and It’s a truly fascinating subject.
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