This series of work explores the idea of containment, both physical and psychological. The human body is the one thing we will carry with us from birth to death. It houses our most intimate thoughts and feelings – those that may not be readily apparent, while on the outside looking in. Similarly is the home. For me, it is a place of great comfort, and therefore also a place where I allow myself to experience the greatest discomfort. In both my home and body, I am my best self and also my worst self.
Utilizing the interior space of human anatomy, I create work that is figurative in nature and that explores my personal relationships with intimate spaces. Each piece is autobiographical, a visual depiction of an attempt to preserve a single moment or feeling in time – a snapshot of my life.
The finished work is graphic in nature, a combination of anatomically sculpted porcelain and detailed hand-painted underglaze renderings. Inspired by the layering of graffiti, the process of tattooing, 18th century medical illustrations, and the historical tradition of painting decorative ceramic dinnerware, the pieces are contemporary sculptures rooted in the tradition of craft.