What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I am drawn to glass because of its ability to visually record what it has endured physically. This physicality that I notice is the result of how the glass has been handled through process and construction. It is arguable that all materials have this ability, but I truly believe there is a quality specific to glass that is especially intriguing.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My studio practice will inevitably be influenced by the body. This includes its anatomy, movement, and psychology. Whether or not my audience notices this throughout the entirety of my work it is the foundation of my making and I stand firm within that.
If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would have been an artist no matter what. Maybe I would have pursued a career in art history? Had I not been introduced to glass, I still would have been creating and / or thinking and writing about art. There really was no other option for me in my mind and in my heart.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I was a competitive lifter for some time and I was a ballet dancer for over 13 years. That combination always seems to crack people up.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of GAS because being a member is so much more than feeling like I am in a community. It is a community and it is very much my community. GAS has linked me to a number of artists, colleagues, and dear friends that have been and continue to be my greatest support structure. I am incredibly grateful!
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