I am inspired by personal transformation and finding the visual power of mythology. I am most easily moved by art that tells a story, connects to a larger narrative, or anchors to a shared experience or theme. My two major conceptual bodies of work have centered around the themes of honeybee colony collapse disorder and my mother's breast cancer journey. Both bodies of work were inspired by threats to the world as I know it, the concepts of survival, connection, and the interplay of science and religion--both cast as the stories we tell ourselves to explain the things we are afraid of.
Working in glass, I find these themes echoed in my process. Glass blowing has always felt to me like the place where science meets magic. I find mythological roots in creating even simple objects such as cups due to the cultural importance of vessels for food/drink and ceremony throughout history. When not limited by the very real constraints of the cost of time and resources for making glass, I am most inspired to create sculptural work. I believe in the power of stories as transformative, and art as an artifact of story. I find my most significant work requires significant vulnerability and willingness to portray my personal struggles, fears, and hopes.