In the Image and Likeness is a series of works devoted to the divine spark in females. The creative power of women is unmatched and awe inspiring. However, most societal structures and media representations of women ultimately erode authentic feminine power. The physical and symbolic power of Mother Nature shows us quite otherwise and cannot be eroded. Gold often symbolizes what is precious and valuable. In contrast, clay is abundant and found all over the world. Here, the ordinary clay is precious, like a gift – not of royalty, which is set apart from the rest, but of great value and substance. With color and gold, the fired clay embodies the beauty, strength, and divinity found within every female.
Purlen (a closed rose that opens in the morning), terra cotta with underglaze and gold liquid leaf, 23"h, 2016
Kamaria (like the moon), terra cotta with underglaze and gold liquid leaf, 23"h, 2016
Aldora (winged gift), terra cotta with underglaze and gold liquid leaf, 23"h, 2016
Sunset, terra cotta with underglaze and gold liquid leaf, 12"h, 2016
Exit included two life-size figure sculptures based on homeless youth. Made of unfired clay and left alone in downtown Kansas City winter for two weeks, these figures were extremely vulnerable to harsh weather conditions and public interaction, similar to what a real person would be exposed to in such circumstances.
Special thanks to the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Downtown Council for their support for this project.
Mother and Child
Mother and Child series is based on ideas of motherhood and caring for children regardless of birth relation or racial heritage. I made originals and cast in various clays. The beauty of the red, dark brown, and cream colored clays mirror the beauty in human diversity. Hands are modular and interchangeable, respecting differences in families.
Fired clay with underglaze. Figures are 24"h and 12"h. Hands are life-size.
Being and Becoming
Being and Becoming was an exhibition of life-size wet and fired clay figures, found objects, and a video projection. The series of sculptures focused on early moments in childhood and the vulnerable and malleable nature of human life. This work also investigated the place of children in society, and what it means to grow and transform.
Veil series includes Divine Feminine imagery based on found objects and traditional religious wall hangings. I created new originals and altered each one to have more naturalistic features.
Fired porcelain with underglaze, gold liquid leaf, and found objects. 14"h
Figures are life-size unless otherwise noted.
Gift, unfired terra cotta, found object, and video projection, 2003
Invisible One, fired clay, 2005
Forget Me Not, fired clay with glaze and decals, image transfer onto wall enclave, 2007
Untitled, fired clay with encaustic, video projection, 2001