“From a young age I struggled with reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. My eyes avoided such situations as often as they could. Body language, hand gestures, facial expressions and movement became my tools to communicate out of necessity. I built a way to connect to others and the world around me.
At the same time, nature and the world outside was my schoolhouse, touching holding, and smelling all the elements in every season. Earth, sticks, rocks, pinecones, and plants were new ingredient for my hands. Stacking, cracking, twisting, and cutting materials helped me to construct shelters and forts with nature’s building materials.
The paintings and sculptures installed at Art Cake are the result of a similar ambition in arriving at a language to connect and communicate with others.
The use of shapes and compositions are built to be read as symbolic messaging positioned in a misleading way to influence the viewer into a deeper discovery or connection to the work. Positive and negative space is used to hold the viewer in an isolated moment, like pausing a moment in a film or holding a static frame. Embedding the idea that these selections are part of a bigger whole.