Sex, Death and Flowers
This collection of Memento Mori and Vanita paintings use butterflies, meat, skulls and flowers as symbols of death, decay, the body and the afterlife.
In "Memento Mori" the flowers represent life, the skeleton signifies death and the gold leaf is a signifier of wealth and what will be left behind.
The butterfly signifies hope and the fragility of life, insects are decay and meat is the body and wealth.
I am interested in historical and contemporary visual representations of death and the afterlife. Questions include; how do different societies and religious sects deal with the concept of death and the after life, does the after life have a place in the organization of certain societies and if not what takes its place? How do these ideas work into contemporary society with science and technology?
I think the Memento Mori subject matter is relevant to contemporary society and it is important to remember to value life and reminders of death help us do that.
Ceramic Sculptures and installations
The ceramics are a combination of the beautiful and the ugly. I am interested in combining highly decorated objects with abject elements. Glossy pieces, with bone like bisque details. They explore ideas of superficiality, hidden meanings, the façade and the abject.
The pieces question how, within society, the ugly can be hidden by beautiful glossy imagery, propaganda, parades, children's books and other methods of brainwashing or influencing, methods which have been used throughout history.
The Rebirth installation is meant to be a symbol of hope that whatever form of oppression a society, culture, individual or nationality is going through they can survive and strive.
The clay pieces are earthenware; either fired at cone 05 bisque or fired to cone 6 ceramic. With a combination of under glaze and glaze, I am interested in contrasting materials, matte to glossy surfaces, and bisque to ceramic. White and Black clay is used in combination and individually. All the pieces are hand built and painted.
The paintings, ceramics and objects all influence each other and allow me to think in different ways, bringing new energy to each medium. This process allows me the creative freedom I need in my studio.