My wet clay performances express the intimate relationship between artist's body and artist's material. In its raw, wet state, clay is a formless and impressionable material of tremendous beauty and potential. In these performances, I bring the intuitive and pleasurable process of working with clay to a gallery setting. From a phenomenological perspective, I express concepts of inhabitation, embodiment and nesting. I visually explore the poetry of internal emptiness and the tension between interior and exterior space.
Most of my pieces are vessels. Vessels are a metaphor for the feminine, generative power of the universe, the elusive boundary between the interior and the exterior self, and a gateway or opening into something deeper, perhaps darker, and certainly more ambiguous than what is found in the terrestrial world. Caves, cavities, orifices and objects with empty interior space are fascinating to me. I draw inspiration from mythology about caves, gateways, thresholds and ceremonial pottery.
The format of performance art allows me to combine formal and aesthetic inquiries with other practices that are meaningful to me. Ritual, meditation, yoga and prayer are conceptual starting points for the creation of my work.