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These works are vessels. They hold a presence in the world. The negative space which they hold is just as important as the physical space they take up. As a vessel, they must be willing to accept something. The figure was my first inspiration but as I worked they became more sinuous and plant like. I began to think less of the body and more of vegetation. Eva Hesse and Magdalena Abakanowicz have inspired my forms and the repetition in shape.

These works are part of me. They are hopeful and yearning for what lies ahead. They stand precariously on the edge of the past, waiting. They are dark and sometimes rough on the outside but they are beautiful. This darkness provides a warm comforting place, but it does not pull me down. It gives me a solid ground to stand on, allowing me to reach out into the world.

I choose to stay open to the world, open to all the things which it may present. It is the same with my work. By starting with a nebulous idea, I can have an open dialogue with the medium, taking a more dominate role as I work through the possibilities of each piece. I like to make things that are on the brink of tipping over. By upsetting the equilibrium of the piece, I add tension, grace, and movement to even the heaviest of forms. These elements imitate humanity. People on the threshold of disarray.

As with life, sometimes control is lost. The delicate balance that I hold on to shatters and all that is left is shards. There is a shift from a vessel which could contain, to pieces which can merely exist in the world. Once put back together, the damage is evident but a remarkable new form is revealed.

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