At my best, the things I make grow out of affectionate engagement with, and
wonder over things that are close at hand. If any of my work serves to invite others
to be with what is before them in a similar spirit, I’m happy.
Whether producing a sculpture, cup, or plant; I am interested in the object’s
function within the realm of human encounter, and I generally hope to nudge
viewers towards awareness of the nature of the encounter itself, as it is unfolding.
I am concerned with caring investigation as an aesthetic activity, and also for
what may be disclosed through it. For example, looking into how things meet and
interact with each other helps us understand their significance and beauty more
broadly. We can learn about life by contemplating the composition of an individual
structure and the way it fits into a larger context, of which it is a component.
Both challenge and joy are to be found in this. In part, because whether looking
into physical, social, or mental structures; structural relations are subject to
unceasing change. Things unite, grow, decay, collapse, disperse, reunite in new
arrangements, and so on. Each seemingly solid and singular thing is only temporarily
held together in any particular arrangement. Change brought it into being just so
for the present instant and in the next will transform it again, subtly or dramatically,
Physical structures are the language of actuality, and whether these are human-
made or naturally occurring, they hold all the drama of life within them. We can
relate to them patiently, attentively, and through empathy or metaphor: these are
all ways of listening to their stories and cultivating intimacy with what is present.