My work is centered around the highly imaginal and child-like realms of the liminal state. These are the soft spaces before waking up from a long dream or resting within a deep meditation. In these states, things can be askew, colors seem brighter than usual, imaginary friends may say hello. Using ceramics as my primary medium, I create iconic figures: nature spirits, muses, and shadow-things, who might live within these “in-between” spaces. I’ve named the series “hypnos” after the Greek god of sleep.
My sculptures are anthropomorphic with terrestrial and botanical forms. Their opalescent glazes create otherworldly textures, while gold and metallic accents conjure the divine. Although vaguely alien in appearance, they express the emotional breadth of what it feels like to be entirely human. Their broken forms and scratched faces evoke deeply felt sadness, but a slightly half-cocked smile here or there points to the resiliency of the human spirit.
This series has been called a unique mixture of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and holy relic. By applying this child-like gaze to denser metaphysical subject matter, my work aims to make spirituality accessible to anyone. I have fun blending these opposing forces together and what emerges are the playful re-imagings of ancient and sacred things.
The entire “hypnos” series is a product of a meditation practice which began in 2016. Prior to that, I hadn’t made any real artwork in 15 years. The work is a testimonial to the power of self-inquiry to unravel deep-rooted creative blocks.
Born 1980, Piscataway, NJ
Lives and works in Jersey City, NJ
2015-2017, Continuing Education in Ceramics, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
2002, BFA Magna Cum Laude, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
upcoming solo exhibition
Fall 2020, 20/20 House, Landsdowne, PA
"THE MOTHERSHIP", Deep Space Gallery, Jersey City, NJ | July 12-Aug 2
"DEFINING FORM", The Untitled Space, NY, NY | July 11-Aug 1
"Mother and Child" Benefit to Support Immigrant Families",
Sponsored by SUGARLIFT Gallery, NY, NY | July 9
“Zip, Bang, Pop! Run! It’s The Cops!: Contemporary Pop Art"
National Invitational Exhibition, HUE Gallery, Wichita, KS | June 19-July 24
Allouche Gallery, NY, NY, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
Sponsored by Artsy + Scope Miami | Oct 19-25
Summer Show 2016, Rough Draft, Brooklyn, NY | June
SCOPE Miami, Miami, FL | Dec 4-9, 2018
Superfine! Art Fair, NY, NY | May 2-6, 2018
Clio Art Fair, NY, NY | March 8-11, 2018
publications & awards
2017, ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner in the Sculpture Category
2002, CMYK Magazine
2002, American Illustration 22
2011, The Art Institute of New York, NY, NY