My work usually begins with some type of material and the question – “I wonder what would happen if?” Usually I have no idea what the final piece will look like. As I begin to manipulate the material, an idea starts to take hold and at some point, the work begins to take on a life of its own.
As it grows, unexpected things happen; a connection breaks or a mistake is made. This creates the opportunity for a new direction to emerge and allows me to create something original.
My themes are almost always personal, such as loss, memory or gratitude, and there is usually a meditative quality to them.
I like to work with lightweight materials, such as paper, wire, and natural fibres, because these allow me to achieve volume without the weight.
Wire is especially compelling to me. It is easily bent, but hard to break. It can be easily manipulated into a shape, but it still maintains its integrity as a line. It can look fragile, but is strong.