My studio practice explores ceramic processes in a cyclical manner. I create objects, videos, installations, and experiences that explore material relationships parallel to the human experience. I think about clay as if it were a memory: shifting, fading, and changing constantly. Firing a ceramic object freezes it in time and allows the material to last forever. The physical substance can never return to its original state although the artifact may shatter or break.
The Permanence of Loss, a recent solo exhibition, directly confronted my relationship with the human life cycle. Video documentation showed the transfer of my grandfather’s ashes into a porcelain urn. The impermanence of the human body was contained within a fired ceramic chamber.
The grave, memorial, monument, and museum are cultural ways we remember those that have passed. They function both permanently and temporally, creating a close relationship to life and death. I view clay as a material that holds similar qualities, and I utilize it for its close relationship to transformation and identity.