Content & Concept

Life is a journey. For many, it is a search for meaning amidst a confusing array of conflicting forces. Using earthen materials, ancient references are explored, including intuitive connections to suffering, memories, transcendence and spiritual redemption. The work is about the continued discovery of the true human condition that resides deep within us.

This work is designed to be symbolic of an internal journey, quietly impacting the space around it or the viewer who comes close. Some of the figures are garbed in a cocoon-like surface, others are thinned, some are frail, limited in power, while a few begin to evoke a strong presence or sense of purpose.

The images are created to emit an archaic sensibility, a strong connection of the past to the present. The figures are inspired by the challenges of life experiences, sufferings and recurring themes from the unconscious mind.

In my work I attempt to address the loss of our natural sense of being human, that is our deeply intuitive sense of ourselves. We have become disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. The figures are rough, cracked, aged, reflecting both suffering and the internal capacity to connect to others outside oneself. Such suffering can evoke the viewer’s empathy and transcendence.

Viewers can embrace the condition of the figures thus engaging themselves in the process of reconnecting by joining in the transcendent element of the work. The work does not eliminate the body’s suffering but presents it as a condition for spiritual uplift within the various stages of covering or limitation.

It is my desire that the work projects an ancient, archaic oneness of humanity’s need for the internal search of direction and meaning. I want the work to challenge the viewer to re-examine their relationship to the spiritual and the need for a rich interior life. The art is an attempt to raise the viewer’s consciousness above the distracted, destructive and unaware content of much of contemporary life, to an upward and inward journey of spiritual transcendent experience, through the archaic, elementary order of the human figure.