In object-based work embedded with gravity and tension, I combine textile languages with the density of stone, cast forms, and wood constructions. Within each composition—or relationship among constituent parts—components balance uneasily, vie for dominance, or are inextricably intertwined. In my sculptural work, I push the limits of my materials—cast concrete, marble, obsidian—through transformations that ask viewers to question their expectations about material integrity. I mix real with simulacra throughout my work: cast concrete reads as marble; rigid objects undulate; heft defies gravity. I juxtapose high-end with commonplace materials, making it difficult to tell the difference and challenging viewers to question their own assumptions and material hierarchies.
In my most recent series of Bound Landscapes, I have shaped marble back into topographical forms that mimic the material’s source. Each hand-chiseled slab is bound in a cast concrete frame that also reads as marble. By framing ancient building materials mined from mountains within contemporary construction material, I draw attention to the ways in which humans attempt to harness the environment.