Art as Life and Craft as Community
I am a
Studio artist that works at the fringe edge of craft and social practice.
An educator. I love to teach and be taught.
Neighbor and community member.
Curious human who seeks to find compassion and works to rebalance our society inequities and sustainability in the natural world.
Professionally, I work at Florida State University. I have happily given many hours of service to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA.)
My work comment on life in the 21st century through the lens of craft and social practice. I make artwork that embraces interpersonal relationships by creating socially engaged projects, an art form which involves people and communities collaboratively or through intentional interactions.
I look at interrelated systems that connect to our humanity that range from processing our senses, the land / environment and our relationships to each other. These projects vary from our need for touch, how food insecurity is propagated by inequity in farming systems, our need for fresh water after hurricanes and how the pharmaceutical industry systemically has whetted our appetite for using prescription pills for any physical discomfort.
My material vehicle of choice continues to be centered around using ceramics and also explores the sensual qualities beyond sight, including smell, touch and the sensations of the skin.