This body of work was inspired by a concept
I had explored as a still-life painter years ago. In my
representations of objects, I had often considered the possibilities
of their internal life, and part of my goal became to make
these things appear alive: to animate the inanimate. While
working on a particular painting, a pitcher seemed miserable
in its housebound environment, and yearned to break free.
I imagined the walls flying away one night, leaving this
pitcher, now an amorphous shape, free to wander.
After various adventures, some fearful or confusing, others
celebratory and nurturing, this being eventually finds its
soul mate and retires to the safety of a dwelling more appropriate
to its true self.
I have made these pieces as wall-hangings,
small environments, and large and small free-standing creations.Variously
seen as birds, dogs, fruits or anything else, to me they
are simple vessels for emotions. They are abstract, yet
human in terms of the feelings they contain and the stance
of their bodies. Each intends to express different combinations
of emotions such as nostalgia, shame, fear, paranoia and
I hope they will be embraced, a desire shared
by most of humanity.