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I am inspired by functional ceramic wares as a vehicle for nourishment as well as their use as historical artifact or “heirlooms”. Since the start of the pandemic, my work has been influenced by my own reflections and anxieties. First by informing the forms, colors, patterns, and textures. I wanted to make forms that were playful, tactile, and generally happy. I then started a series that explores the idea of how childhood trauma and motherhood has shaped and challenged my identity and thoughts as well as the idea of home both past and present.
In my current series “Family Heirlooms” I use functional and decorative ceramics to explore how my childhood has held lasting effects in my adult life and the legacy I hope to leave for my own children. This series is an ebb and flow of reflection on the past and the hope I have for the future, mixed with the joy, sorrow, and anxieties that come with being a parent. I use digital and mixed media 2D art to journal and explore colors, patterns, and textures. I have focused on colors in a symbolic or representational way as well as a decorative and sometimes misleading element in my work. The colors, patterns, and textures are designed to pull a viewer in and engage them with my work. Images and words tell a complex story, one that is often contrary to the bright colors and playful patterns in my work.