My work not only includes an interior for my inclusion, but an exterior for your exclusion. It is a home fortified by fear and experience. My frantic action is repetition, my inspiration is Nature, and the fruit of my labor is a dangerous cocoon. I feed off of the specificities of Nature that surround me - the patterns and repetitious minutiae that create a whole that is itself a tiny piece of a puzzle.
Humans are animals. My work investigates animalistic needs and instincts of humans that cause them to search for and create safety. This need for safety leads to the creation of physical and emotional shelters, through nesting, ritual and storytelling, and includes undercurrents of basal human need and insecurity.
My interest in narrative as a way of dealing with fear has lead me to looking at fairy tale and modernized ritual which serve a similar purpose and allow us to cloak our fears and animalistic needs in material and religiosity through repetition or ritual.
I would name a few things as major influences on my work, including a fire that destroyed my childhood home, as well as ideas explored in psychology including Freud’s definition of “the uncanny” as something familiar but unsettling that produces fear. I am heavily influenced by literature, and original fairy tales, which are often violent and contain lessons based in fear.