“LIKE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAGES OF LIFE IN A WELL STATED DOCUMENT OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND HOW LIFE AFFECTS US…” D. Ticer, Art Director, Santa Fe Artworld
I have always been attracted to the art of the Surrealist and German Expressionist; art that either has an edge/dark side or an unforeseen side of reality. As artist, we have the vision/gift to see and express life’s circumstances. injustices, and extremes others may choose not to see. Art opens up such an arena of visual opportunities, an inner world full of potential just waiting to be explored.
The forms of my sculptures are often figurative or abstract figurative, incorporating influences from the natural world. References are drawn from past and present tribal cultures, cultures innately aware of the interrelatedness of all life forms with their surroundings. Myths, legends, and beliefs passed down for generations contain the magic of possible powers and gifts humans, animals and wildlife are empowered with, but also the consequences of misuse. Many of my sculptures integrate animal or wildlife imagery (often in the form of masks) and the traits associated with them. For centuries, masks have had the ability to transform the wearer into various persona. altering the individual’s true nature. Although I have worked abstractly, the figure is more narrative and becomes my voice for concerns/issues that we as a society and world are confronted with daily: quest for physical perfection and ideal beauty; genetic altering; individual and societal choices and accountability for these choices; tragedy, loss, and/or lack of control; transitions; human frailties; spirituality, etc.