This series started as departure from large-scale installation and offered a chance to grapple with the challenge of making small, well-crafted and visually engaging objects. On a basic level, the forms are a way of exploring growth and change – processes that have been at the heart of everything I have explored as an artist. 

The forms initially stem from the way that clay is a shapeshifter – a material that morphs and molds and mimics its environment. An early catalyst for the project was also an interest in rope as a historical object and a love for its physicality—the way you shape it with your hands and the way it functions as a tool for holding things together and tying things up in knots. Using this familiar reference as a touchstone, along with recognizable elements from the natural world like vines and branches, I aim to explore human nature and ways that we try to control natural processes, both fostering and restricting growth.

Once fired, the ceramic parts often suggest bone or something fossilized and the abstracted forms conjure up notions of something that is at once alive and growing, dead and decaying, moving and malleable, frozen and rigid, ecological, geological, and anthropomorphic. I see the work as a response to the complex challenges of our time, especially with regard to the environment and our fraught relationship with living systems.