When encountering my sculptures I ask the viewer for their instinctive reaction.
By responding to the primal side of our humanity, the technology that has become an integrated part of our lifestyles may seem extraneous. We've evolved culturally but not physically, creating conflicting impulses between mind and body. As our identities become abstracted, there is a tug of war between the desire for an advanced, technological life vs. a grounded, fearless, and even enchanted life.
The fusion of human and animal that I create in my work presents a fiction suggesting that the human state is fully realized when we acknowledge not only our current programming but also our natural instincts. I emphasize the characteristics that separate us within the animal kingdom, and, importantly, the ones that
The wild animal hide I use has an energy and presence like no other material. I shave sections of the animal's skin to reveal porous and oily features that we recognize as our own. Stitched over a hand-sculpted human face, the material quality of the skin brings believability to the final sculpture: they are portraits we relate to. I emphasize the seams so that the faces are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, calm, dignified, majestic. The viewer has an intimate relationship with the face and then identifies with the full animal, acknowledging the animalistic inheritance within the human condition.