Artist Statement: I have been working with partial, totemic and apotropaic figures: Hermai, totems for the messenger god Hermes, began as piles of rocks at sacred places to Hermes -like a crossroad or a boundary or the entrance to a house. The piles evolved into a rectangular pillar or herma (4 being sacred to Hermes) …
Fusing different forms of construction within the same medium allows me to work happily within the traditions and cycles inherent to clay.
The figure holds many layers of meaning at once, not all of it consciously intended, and evokes both physical and intellectual responses.
The concept of a stand-in or physical metaphor interests me. I am curious about the layers of power that object can command and what effects that power might have on the object over time.