Iron is found at the center of the earth as pulsing magma, in space as meteors, and in our blood. Manipulating this material is my obsession. I employ forging operations to massage lifelike shapes and forms from seemingly inert flat steel. This approach is a constant; my intentions continually evolve with each new work. I try to give each piece I create more conceptual depth and tactile quality, designing into every project a new element that expands my visual and technical vocabulary.
I use furniture to explore form and concept, maintaining its function but expanding the form possibilities. I have been developing different design qualities and techniques in my furniture, blurring the line between pure art and functional work. My sculptural work addresses social inequalities, environmental degradation and systemic prejudice and oppression. It is inspired by my dreams, my life and my process of metalworking. I work with developers of Section 8 housing in New Orleans to provide artistic elements in a newly redeveloped housing project. My most recent project integrates video into interactive sculptures, drawing on techniques developed for recent furniture, creating environments that draw attention to human impact on the natural world. The whole pattern of working is one I hold close and repeat as a method of living conscientiously and with care, keeping in mind the carbon footprint of my own processes.
- New orleans, LA
- Professional Status