Media: rubber, felt, glass
As a professional artist and designer, I am interested in how art and design can enhance the existing links between individuals and the materials, objects and nature they encounter. I find inspiration in the natural environment, but also through the objects in our built environment, including the leftovers of these environments.
I am fascinated by how we learn, how we forget and how we disseminate knowledge. Materials and objects often initiate the tactile process suggesting interests and ideas. I ground my work in the present, yet enjoy embedding it with allusions to pasts and futures. I work with a wide variety of materials, but have also focused extensively on reclaimed inner tube rubber. This is reflective of a preoccupation of mine with what is left behind and making use.
Some of my work is physically interactive allowing the viewer or user to participate in the application of meaning with the intent of creating deeper relationships with objects and the larger world. I find the shared aesthetics that exist between adults and children as they encounter such works compelling. This type of interaction and play can celebrate one’s individuality while reflecting the pluralistic nature of culture.
My design work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, stores and other venues in this country and abroad, including the National Science Museum in London and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.