Playing with found objects, texture and form
Sculptures that connect to self-reflection, nature & nostalgia
Recently, I've been growing body of work in sculpture in pottery, public art and "readymades". These pieces derive from garbage, found objects and nature, combining them with materials that speak to me and feel almost uncomfortable. I seek the thrill of finding a perfect object, then sit to re-imagine it by questioning why I was attracted to it and what it can become. I find the discomfort of "not knowing" what to do, but trust an idea will come feeds my creativity. I use reflective materials as a common thread to link my ideas together to bring cohesiveness so I can feel free when I find something new. These objects interact with the viewer, tell a story and seem precarious and precious.
I’m influenced by other female installation and public art artists such as Geneviève Cadieux, Janet Cardiff, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Guerrilla Girls and Mandy Cano Villalobos for their tenacity, strength in messaging and bravery.
In this series of sculptures “From Dust to Life”, I use found objects and combine them with natural and synthetic floral elements, then bring cohesion through reflective paint. Playing with the theme of ephemerality, decay, new growth and rebirth, I ask the viewer to self-reflect. From the ancient Roman poem etched in pottery, to the funerary urn found in the forest and the cast of a mother with her children in tow, these objects remind us that our time on this earth is finite, yet rich and beautiful.
From Dust to Life Series
"This will pass: From Dust to Life Series", Found plaster sculpture & flowers, 3 feet, 2022
"Precious gift: From Dust to Life Series", Hand-built pottery, ancient Roman poem, found nest, flower, 14"X13"X5", 2022
"Life finds a way: From Dust to Life Series", Found Urn, flowers, ashes, 17inch, 2022
Sculptural Installations & Public Art
My artistic approach is highly linked to the essence of a place, which is found through qualitative, quantitative and historical research. I’m passionate about finding meaning through layers of history and juxtaposing this with a contemporary context. I also work hand in hand with its people and Indigenous groups to collaborate and consult on design concepts and aesthetic choices.
As a conservation activist and visual artist, art that speaks to its environment and draws the viewer in as an active participant, is of particular interest to me. I use elements that combine an interest in the history of the place and its tie to the environment. I like to challenge the viewer’s perspective, incorporating components that appear to defy gravity, trick the eye, and offer elements that are ever-changing. Through reflections and distortions, my work grounds the spectator in the present, encouraging each viewer to see themselves as part of, not separate from, the piece and the story it tells. I encourage the viewer to “play” with art.