In this distracted digital age, working with clay satisfies a physical need for touch and to feel grounded. My work explores the human experience through anthropomorphized animals, most real, some imagined. The cartoon style of my subjects draw from a lifetime admiration of feature animation, Japanese comic book imagery, and children’s storybook illustrations.
My subjects are influenced by life, mostly impacted by the animal interactions in the course of working in veterinary medicine for over fifteen years. When domesticated pets are not my focus, I turn to nature to draw inspiration. I am interested in harnessing native materials to connect my wildlife caricatures to the environment in which they derive from.
Wood-firing achieves this goal by requiring parts of the process to be conducted outdoors, using locally sourced trees to fuel the kiln. Melted ash and flame provide visual interest to the negative spaces around images on m vessels, as well as texture and variation to the surfaces of my sculptures in a way that I could not achieve alone.