See Threads/Tangles & Piles
Modes of connectivity often just miss the mark. Sometimes they end up a mess. A tangled cord, a dangling phrase, a feeble synapse, a knotted net. Through ever-webbing and expanding systems however, we keep reaching out, casting lines, seeking intersection. These intimately scaled clay and fiber forms grapple with the ambiguous tensions of negative spaces - between bodies and minds, places and times - and the habitual devices and modes we use to ease them. Line by obsessive line and stitch by unraveled stitch, they are precariously balanced between machine and hand.
As Sherry Turkle (MIT Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology), aptly titled her 2011 book, we are Alone Together. In light of this techno/cultural moment of contradiction, I combine obsessive ceramic and fiber processes with references to contemporary communication and production. I wish to bring the obsolete, technological cutting edge, and a poetic sensibility together through comparison and collage. Building ‘text bubble’ vessels by manually drawing layer upon layer of liquid slip mimics 3d printing processes, but retains a level of improvisation only possible with the human hand. Pieces with plastic prints, molded ceramics, and lines of thread intersect historical, domestic craft, the DIY movement and the digital future.
I try to use plus rather than vs.:
dense + delicate;
fluid + rigid;
private + open;
efficient + incoherent;
abbreviation + overwhelm;
accidental + elegant;
binding + beautification...
All these issues are synthesized - with a little bit of humor - to raise questions, evoke emotions. Hopefully, they become the virtual made visceral.