ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 I work from the idea that art is a form of social conversation. My own art seeks to address issues of our awareness and understanding of our presence in the natural world. It is meant to mediate and guide our actions by focusing on recurring themes, such as innocence, magic and the loss of magic in our lives. Art is how I make sense of everyday experiences but also how I make sense of trauma and loss. Through my work, my personal traumas and losses become bridges to what we as a people have lost - our deep connections to nature, to each other, to community and to landscape.

Nice and well done are not enough for me. There must be a rawness, in art as in life. The repertoires of my paintings and my 3D creations reflect my constant need to be present, which leads to the iconic nature of my work. I do not produce my art with the standards of being able to sell, but to inform, awaken and encourage the viewers to go deeper, below the surface.

This all comes from my personal life, reflected by lore, stories and myths. As with many present day artists, I am engaging in a conversation with the natural world: what we have done to our climate, our creatures and ourselves.

This conversation also speaks to innocence and more particularly, the moments we lose or have lost our connections with the natural world. I want to breach the gap between life and art by raising awareness of our earth and our roles.