Making art is my way of trying to understand the complexity of life. Endless questions are asked and decisions made in an internal dialogue – a raw mix of fear, risk, and excitement.
Often I start with making a collage from found images which can create unexpected connections. Once begun, each piece suggests its unique direction. Clay is an extraordinary material which captures the making process in three dimensions. It is both liberating and responsive, but undeniably frustrating too. Opening a kiln to reveal a piece’s transformation through fire, is always a moment that tests the creative vision. It is what keeps me practicing giving the formless, form and makes my life feel full of possibility.
When my work is going well I am filled with a sense of hope and wonder. And when people see it, I like to imagine them saying ‘ah’ and smiling in recognition.