The ceramics you create carry a beautiful dynamism and unique awareness of space, what is your process? Do you plan each structure before you begin or is it more of an organic evolution?
It's nice to hear that reflected because I've always been so preoccupied with space -- particularly the space between things. It's really been the basin of my thoughts for as long as I can remember. Even back in college when my practice was focused on poetry, the work centered around the construction and evocation of space. I'm fascinated by how we take up space, and how that informs our relation to one another.
I'd say it's a bit of both. The forms I play within my work are very much rooted in the process of improvisational movement -- and I call the works "static gestures." If I am not grounded in my body, the form created suffers. So I sketch often, as an exercise. When I'm working with the clay I don't refer to the sketches unless a client wants to select a form before going ahead on the project.
Who or what inspires you creatively?
There are a number of visual artists who have ignited my drive to follow my passions and believe I can pursue this path. But creatively, I am most inspired by the way things move. Whether that's movement in the body -- dancing, walking, posing, lying, stretching -- or in the natural world. It was maybe two years into my career before I realized this was the thread that connected my work, and from then on I've leaned into it and have been focused on observing physical movement, particularly dance.
Who is a woman/women you look up to? Why?
Barbara Hepworth is an artist I look up to a lot -- she's a muse. Not solely for the work that she's made, yes her scale is so impressive, but also for her ethos and beliefs about process. An example being "I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body".
What does being a female artist mean to you?
I feel a bit of resistance to this question. I think as a straight-presenting queer woman who is in a straight-presenting relationship I feel resistant to being boxed in. I want to be infinite and to be able to explore more than just my relation to femininity. And perhaps there's an element of internalized misogyny where I feel once I am in that box I am stuck there. What I will say is that as a woman, I feel deeply entrenched in the practice of connecting to my body. I think part of my awareness of space and my desire to expound on it in my work is rooted in that connection.
What advice would you give to other young female artists starting out?
Trust yourself and turn away from what you see trending on social media. Make what you feel called to make and don't let the fear of what others think keep you from putting your work out in the world.