I am a Providence based artist working in wood, metal, and textiles. I began studying furniture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. I assist in teaching courses for the Furniture Department, as well as for the RISD youngArts program. Last summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts to study advanced woodturning and contemporary wood sculpture. As my work shifted into the realm of fine art, I found new ways of expressing my ideologies. The importance of process became centerfold.
Through my work, I attempt to evoke the natural beauty of repetition and mathematical form. By drawing on the form of the human body, I can express a familiarity and beauty, while maintaining and indicating function. I create my pieces through bending or cutting hardwood on computer generated or hand drawn forms, and joining the resulting curves with wood, metal, or fabric. Often times I am generating shapes and proportions directly off my body, or the bodies of others. Then, trying to find the best process and material to express and support those shapes in a beautiful way. Through ergonomic and mathematical inquiry, I am investigating the human body.
For me, the importance of making goes back to my childhood. I grew up in new-england doing housework and building tumbleweed homes with my family. Here, I learned to be an electrician, a woodworker, a plumber, and a contractor. Now, I create my work using few power tools, forgoing the rise of machine production and industry. The objects are hand crafted as a reminder that we do not need technology to create something pure, attractive, or functional. The work is a display of honesty in craft, and harkens back to a time when objects were created by one person, start to finish, with responsibly sourced, quality materials, and with high attention to detail. With this in mind, I am always trying to push the envelope, expanding what I learn and challenging what I know. It’s all about the process.