I remember as a child helping my mother plant daffodils and marigolds in the springtime, then in the autumn we would cut back the leaves and collect the seeds. Because of this, I developed an appreciation for plants and soil and an understanding of growth and transformation. This closeness to growth and nature has left an impression on me and I draw on these formative memories in my work. Botanical forms are not only beautiful; they are intriguing. How things grow is exciting and mysterious; it is miraculous.
Many of the forms I make represent a birth and the beginning of something. The forms I have been investigating in my sculptural work are organic bulb-like vessels. Some of these contain small objects nestled inside; others have growths sprouting through cracks in the surface. They are womb-like structures because they contain a smaller part, something new and separate from them. The forms themselves are sheltering and maternal, yet vulnerable as they show signs of deterioration on the surface and edges.
I enjoy working with metal because it is the medium I feel the closest connection to; I am part of the process and everything I do leaves a memory in the metal itself. In my work I consider the material and develop the forms to be intimately familiar yet mysterious. The process of forming metal itself mimics the process of growth and when working I become a catalyst enabling the creation of something new. Creating this illusion of growth, life, and decay in a medium as structured and inanimate as metal is a pursuit that deeply interests me and endlessly challenges me.