Every artist has their own system of working, their own rules that they follow. Some are conscious, others are unconscious. These systems and rules embody experience, skill level, interests, tastes, inspirations, aptitude and method, to name a few. This is what I have been calling the artist’s archetype, and it is as unique as a ﬁngerprint. The artist’s archetype is never static, it is always in ﬂux, moving from one pole to the other, following it’s own logic together with the artist’s instinct. This process is what fascinates me about art. Every piece is the evolution of an idea.
As a devoted reader, I am consistently in awe of the power of language to cultivate imagination and advance understanding. It is often through stories that knowledge is acquired intuitively, made one’s own - versus that of reading a list of facts. It is by intuitive decision making, that I ﬁnd satisfaction and authenticity. Within the visual arts as within language, there is an implied experience of meaning that takes place between the written lines, and for each the experience differs. Though language has its limits when imparting information or experience, it has had an enormous impact on the work I make, because it is a way to explore alternative realities otherwise not physically observable. It is often from fantasized worlds I imagine my work emerging from. I believe that imagined, internal realities can be as relevant as the experience physical reality offers, or at least strong enough to impart an equal measure of inspiration.
Surface is as important and relevant to my work as is the form. They act in service of one another. The transparent glazes I use highlight shallow relief decoration and sculpted elements. I often paint scenes from natural or constructed environments that have inspired me in some unobtrusive and quiet way. Considering myself objectively familiar with ceramic surfacing materials, like glazes and underglazes, there is an element of the unknown that the ﬁring process brings to the surface. This, in a way, challenges my attempts at control over the materials. I expect that and am intrigued by the results. Every piece is in a way, a test towards a more realized idea.