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Black Mirror, detail
Black Mirror, detail

Artist Statement

Relationships with the world of objects continually advance and recede as our bodies navigate physical space. As we sense these interactions, patterns emerge that identify objects of use as extensions of the mechanical body. This fundamental identification underpins the concept of function. The human body senses purpose on a level deeper than these specifics of use. Our perceptions of scale, spatial orientation, materiality and manufacture are foundations for the identities that we project upon functional objects. What is the language with which we as active subjects project these identities upon objects in our environment? My current work investigates the origins of this identification between the body and everyday objects. On one hand, abstract forms draw specific meaning from their context. On the other, familiar forms, when abstracted, evoke the universal. Each view affords a vantage point from which to regard the interrelatedness of the subject and object. This dialectic of subject and object, of user and useful, is an essential means by which we manifest our world – as both experience and metaphor. Making work drives being in and of the world. Intimate knowledge of and interaction with natural material makes life real- a process of unfolding rather than of fixed outcomes, moments of risk rather than the assuredness of stasis. I strive to work at the edge of vision, skill and understanding.

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