In my work I investigate the human experience, the animal experience, and the way animals have been perceived in both historical and contemporary contexts. Animal and human forms reflect on the posthuman condition. Animal subjects are used to open up human understanding of animal experiences, while the differences between humans and other species, animals and machines, nature and culture are deconstructed. Postcolonial research provides sources and references for these investigations. The ambiguity that results from the need to move beyond a singular point of view is a catalyst for making forms that interplay between the beautiful and the eerie.
In terms of form, I am interested in the relationship between physical presence and physical space and the resulting dialectics of inner and outer form. The object or the viewer can reveal the shape of a space, or the place of the body can be indicated as a void. Through the negative shapes of some forms, a more abstract outline is made visible. Through pairing and juxtaposing forms, I seek counteraction, challenge, and opposition.
Positioning elements that put forth conflict of purpose in binary opposition is an invitation to contemplate why things are the way they are and what would happen if they change. Transformation of objects can shift the way they are viewed through changes in scale, material, color, or the way they are positioned in space. Correlations of human, animal, and ready-made forms can reveal the complexity of our encounters—what do we find disturbing, humorous, or pleasing?