Artist Statement   

 

I rely on the central role of functional pots as vehicles for nourishment and utilize their natural place as conduits for sustenance at our tables. Through each piece I work to quietly and somewhat subversively, convey my interest in the complex systems of culture, ethics, commerce, history, ritual, community and environment found within the realm of food production, ranging from antiquity to present day. This interconnected web of systems serves as the foundation for and influences all aspects of my studio practice.

My excitement for the frameworks which link human kind to our food system was born from a childhood wonder for the natural world, later nurtured by jobs on small family farms and in locally owned farm-to-table restaurants, then fueled and honed by academic study in Anthropology. 

I continue to build upon my socio-cultural studies by passionately reading, listening, and discovering new information that links these themes together in ways we have only begun to understand.

My aim is to make work that brings a broad focus to the food on your plate. I choose to forgo overt statements of doom and gloom in favor of joy, abstraction, and quiet association. This provides room for the users connections and curiosity, hopefully leading to self generated questions which prompt further investigation.

The fundamental foundational concept is that everything is connected. 

EVERYTHING.

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