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Most of my work is exploring the human condition, as expressed in the human form. I believe that our physical selves are shaped by the same forces that shape personality and character. The body becomes testimony — what we have experienced, who we are and even what we may become.
When I put my hands in clay to create a figure, I work deeply from my own inner senses of body and feeling. The pose must feel significant to my kinesthetic sense. I tap emotional sources beneath my intellectual mind, and the figures that emerge often have more honesty and nuance than any conscious expectation I may have had.
After bisque, I often finish my figures by pit-firing. Their ceramic skins take on rich, earthy creams, grays, browns and blacks. While the results are vulnerable and introspective, I also believe that my figures capture the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
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