Sunday, November 20, 2011

Artist Statement

My work has been about the possessions we carry with us through life, and what we leave along the way. I enjoy using wax as my foundation material because it mimics the state we are all in when we travel from one place to another. Just as the wax melts into a liquid pool and spills over the fragile edge, it takes on a life of it’s own. I believe that when people travel, they loose the solid foundation of their home, and leave, in search of something new. People have a certain movement to them when they travel, just as the wax does when it falls from the candle on to a new base.
It’s a material that has proven itself, time and time again, always lending itself to the creative ideas of the artist. I have complete control over the wax as a solid, molding, carving and shaping. As the wax changes from a solid form to liquid, I have less control of the wax, and this is the exciting part. The moment of transition, seeing my art turn from one state of matter to another. 
I feel that working more in other mediums will help me to expand on my foundation of wax art. I also enjoy working with ceramics, wood and photography. I am able to explore my ideas in a different context, seeing my themes in a new light. Exploring the subject matter in this way excites me and helps me delve deeper into my true medium. There is a freedom in working with wax that lets me explore the 3-D realm. Art will always be with me, in one form or another, for the rest of my life.

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