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Life is never what you expect it to be. It’s my experience that living happens in a gray area – it is neither black nor white. Euphoria and true love coexist with loss and disappointment – this is my truth and the inspiration for my artwork.
Depicting an ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ world somewhere between authentic and imagined, my art echoes my life experience, challenging me to celebrate ambiguity, explore my perspective of reality, and question previous ideas and established thoughts.
My intention is to invite you into the world I create in my work and compel you to consider:
• Where is it?
• What is it?
• What do you see?
• What do you feel?
• Do you find yourself in it, or not?
I am inspired by 19th and 20th century African sculpture, as well as the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction and Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Lipschitz) art movements. Artist Giorgio de Chirico had a major impact on me with his ‘illogical perspective’ works. Also, Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes and Frank Stella’s metal reliefs were major influences.
My training at Boston University (BFA, sculpture) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, sculpture), compels me to see sculpturally, creating my pieces in bas-relief, building and lifting certain elements to emphasize the spatial dynamics of the piece. Juxtaposing forms and shapes, I highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast.
I invite you to glimpse into my interpreted world and discover where you find yourself.

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