In recent iterations of my utilitarian work, I've begun to explore the use of scaffolding-like structures to obscure or obstruct the wheel-thrown forms. My intention is to create objects that require inspection to discover their intended use. As I build upon this work, I want to explore how these objects can become metaphors for human interaction. How can I create objects that communicate a sense of guarded identity? What structures entice viewers to touch and what inspires hesitation? The following images represent a breadth of exploration into these questions.
Materials: Porcelain, Underglaze, Glaze, Decals
Early Explorations in Animal Form
Throughout undergrad and the initial year after, I focused my practice on animal subjects. I chose to work with predatory animals and/or animals with a strong masculine association. By taking these animals and depicting them in moments of tenderness or vulnerability, I bring to light the things that I’m not always comfortable with expressing as a young man.
A few of these works reference the gestures of pieces by the artist Beth Cavener, who I had the privilege to work for in 2015.
Although my current work is taking many different formats, these works were essential in my conceptual growth as an artist. Enjoy!
The following is work from my BFA exhibition in 2016. During my undergraduate studies I was given the time and resources to explore different processes and my own visual language. My BFA exhibition consisted of drawings, prints, ceramic sculptures, and photography that explored materiality, body language, and human emotion.