My work has consistently explored how we construct our environments. Rather than treat this problem exclusively in material terms, one of my primary interests lies in the imaginary or psychological. In other words, how do we create meaning with the objects with which we surround ourselves? I view my studio as an arena to address the dynamic processes of what Roland Barthes dubs “naturalization,” asking how we define what is natural vs. cultural, interior vs. exterior. Recently the surfaces and structures of my works have become less gestural and increasingly ordered, thereby heightening a sense of artifice and theatricality, and exploring ideas about distance: physical, art historical, geographical and psychological. I recognize the potential for my works to set a stage upon which memories, myths, nostalgia, and imagination can play. As the scale of my work has changed from hand-held objects to spaces one can physically enter I now examine notions of the monumental.
ceramic and mixed media sculpture, installation art, photography, related to theme of the garden
ARTS 2085 - Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Introduces techniques of hand-built clay forms as they relate to function and nonfunction. Various clay techniques, glazing and firing procedures are explored. Emphasizes ceramics in the broader context of contemporary art. May not be repeated.
ARTS 2095 - Ceramics 2: Wheelthrowing
Introduces techniques of wheel-thrown forms as they relate to function and nonfunction. Explores various glazing and firing methods. May not be repeated.
ARTS 3085 - Ceramics 3
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2020
Deals with further exploration of techniques approached in ARTH 2085 and ARTH 2095. Students are encouraged to develop personal concentration in relation to medium. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
ARTS 4085 - Ceramics 4
Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2021
Develop a personal creative practice through self-generated, independent projects. The focus is on developing an individual studio discipline through experimentation, research, reading and writing and examining the work in individual critiques. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
ARTS 4717 - Studio Critique
Consists of consultations with faculty on individual studio problems and projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.