Figurative Work

Figurative Work Artist Statement

Art plays an important role in our culture and our way of life.  Art, in all of its facets, is a unique necessity to everyday life.  We all respond to art, consciously or unconsciously, on some primal level.  Art in all of its forms makes life worth living and therefore worth saving.  I am an artist because I believe that being an artist is not a job or a career but a calling that one cannot resist.  Art will always be a fundamental aspect of my life and a part of my purpose and identity.
I am a maker of objects because their innate physicality has always demanded my focus on a deeper abstract plane.  I am rooted in the object on a genetic level.  Being able to move around a piece and know that I can experience it with all of my senses, in space and time, physically relating to the work.  While working on a form, I might construct the plane that produces a shadow, instead of a creating an illusion that simply mimics a shadow.  I have discovered that this particular way of working inspires me to create intuitively where I am constantly reacting to the object I am making aesthetically.  I have a formalist manner to the way I work.  Its appearance is of the most importance because that is what the viewer experiences first.  
Clay is a material that for me offers infinite possibilities for creation, and has been most successful in the realization of my current work.  Its amazing quality of being an additive and subtractive material helps me in the pursuit of a believable object or ideally hyperrealism.  I must physically add clay on an object to see if it is needed and physically subtract clay to see the needed negative space. The material is conducive to any action which collaborates with my way of thinking.  I believe that I am a kinesthetic learner and cannot just visualize art and make it happen.  I must feel through it completely.  I am also attracted to clay because of its ability to imitate other materials.
Figurative work offers and endless source of inspiration for me.  The more I see and learn about the human force and nature, the more I want to be able to create work that explores and celebrates this incredible creation in many ways.  We each have a different path in life and I want to be able to tell the story of my experiences through my art.  I have chosen to work figuratively in order to better tell the tale of what is happening to my life but also my subconscious life.  This part of my life I am truly beginning to explore by making characters out of my dreams.  Often they are hybrids of humans and animals, and always astonish me that they were fabricated in my unfiltered thought process.  My dreams, that then become materialized, are often symbolic reflections on my life, both its dark and light sides.
I also often place found objects in my pieces.  I know this aspect has a direct correlation with my childhood, which always had a sense of adventure to it and the collection of artifacts.  Discovering bones out in nature always sparked a sense of wonderment and that is why they are in my pieces.  I also love the idea of placing an object in my art that will trigger a sense of nostalgia for certain viewers, like letter presses from the era of newspapers or old tools or objects that have lost their purpose due to technology.  
It is my goal for the audience to have an innate almost visceral reaction to my work, not only because it reflects my intentions, but also perhaps it may trigger their own story.  In this way, my art is something they might identify with and value.  The ability to spark this emotion directly in the viewer and hopefully affect and change their perception of our world is what I strive to achieve in my current work and plan to expand upon in the future.