Drawing on concepts from both biology and physics my current work is not so much focused on exploring the depth and breadth of these disciplines but on the qualities of their semantics. I am influenced by the works of Beth Cavener Stichter and Adrian Arleo as contemporary figurative artists working with gesture, texture and anthropomorphic themes. Their work achieves an intuitive recognition, while also holding stories and meaning to be both created and discovered. This simplicity of form and depth of context is what I work toward.
In its simplest interpretation from folk lore and myth, I use the bear cub as a symbol of formless potential. In my twin bear series, I am exploring the infinite nature of matter and energy and the place where a singular expression of this reaches out for connection and recognition. Like the variation of a forest with every tree of the same variety carrying the same instructions: grow tall, be green, make sap, drop cones, etc. The variations depend on the environment, on time and random mutation. Every tree is different yet the same – and in the context of the forest they are one entity. The gesture of pointing, taken from human biology, is one of the first indications of a child’s understanding and interacting with the world around them. My technique is to use my skills as second nature, moving with the piece and letting it evolve as much through its own direction as by my hand. I let the beginnings of each new creature inform their own creation.