Thomas Moore in Care of the Soul, states. “If we are going to care for the soul, and if we know that the soul is nurtured by beauty, then we will have to understand beauty more deeply and give it a more prominent place in life.” I consider it my chief responsibility as an artist to help nurture the souls of others by sharing what I consider to be beautiful. I believe that words often limit our ability to define beauty, but in my experience people can identify it when they see it. Therefore my pursuit of beauty and then bringing it into the sphere of the viewer are two of my most imperative actions as an artist.
To create a visual aesthetic that showcases the beautiful, it is important for me to create a lush sensory richness, both for myself as I make the work and for the viewer when they experience the work. By maintaining intricate visual and tactile details while using varying combinations of paper, wood, thread, beads, resin and wax, I give the viewer a lot of texture to explore visually. The significant time that I invest in what I make is a way for me to confirm to myself and to the viewer that beauty has worth and value…it is important enough to deserve that time and energy.
Through the printed surface and the sculptural forms in my work I reflect my appreciation for the splendor of the natural world, by referencing its inherent design, variety, and abundant multiplicity. Although the objects I create are rarely intended to be realistic copies of objects from nature, references to roots, flowers, coral, barnacles, cells and fungi can be recognized within the work. Observing and researching these objects and their components gives me insight and ideas about how to build my own structures in an aesthetically pleasing way.
From my artistic process I seek to create echoes of nature albeit alien or familiar, that invite the viewer to participate and find enjoyment in the physical acts of slowing down, observing and investigating the beautiful. The environments that I create place the viewer in an arena where beauty is readily accessible, and can evoke essential emotions such as joy, hope, delight, excitement, and yearning. The viewer’s response to the work then becomes a part of the beauty of the piece, and the creating and response become together a joyous outpouring, a leap towards truth.