The subject of death, decay and resurrection has haunted me since I can remember. As a young artist, I began to explore religious symbolism and ritual as a way to reflect on these questions. My work later focused on how these subjects play out in institutional contexts such as church, state and corporation. The artworks created during this period were a combination of varied media and drew from early Christian iconography and commercial symbols. My fascination now, as it was then, is on the emotional, spiritual and intellectual correlations that exist in the transformative processes of life and form, from biochemical decomposition, or industrial corrosion, to the transubstantiation of the holy host.
In my most recent projects, I continue to reflect on decay and transformation by making work that intertwines organic matter and man-made waste. Some of my objects blend natural debris with industrial waste and point at the process of change as each material decays. I may also capture photographic images of found objects which nature herself laboriously weaves into magnificent natural sculptures.
For me, the art process is an instrument for expression, a means to create beauty. But equally important, I believe art to be a thinking process that allows me to understand what seems incomprehensible.