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My zoological work uses animal imagery to manifest and convey personal narratives. The use of abstraction and economy distorts and morphs classic depictions of common animals, blurring identification. The defining qualities of the animals are stylized and threatening, presenting ambiguous predator and prey struggles.  The creatures intermingle in stages of conflict and strife. These transactions are cloaked with elegant formal elements that defuse the figures’ threatening prehistoric qualities.  The content of the pieces can seem jarring, humorous, and even cryptic at first glance.  They contain layered meanings that are revealed in sequential contexts, creating a personal mythical language, which celebrates and distorts familiar animal archetypes.  Over time, characters and themes are resurrected and retooled, forming thematic connections between the pieces.

My abstract sculptures present surface textures that are candy-like and color-saturated; they reverberate in the space between oppositional constructs such as artifice/natural, synthetic/organic.  My goal is not to directly mimic specific objects in nature, but rather to suggest ambiguous biomorfic forms with no discernible identity. The work plays on our attraction to and dependence on idealized, genetically-modified, hot-house-grown aspects of nature; it offers a sanitized, animated version of a living being that has been stripped of a unique biologic identity.  They are Disneyfied, petting-zoo-friendly forms that have been carefully shaped and perfected.  They are well beyond the origin of any offensive physical function or messy tissue that could decay, age, pucker or scar.

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