Abandoned Village, 2018
33 x 16 x 18 in
84 x 41 x 46 cm
"The sculptures that I create spring from deeply felt personal experience and from the experience of people whom I am close to. They also reflect some of the universal experiences of being human; life experience of men and women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds, particularly with respect to inner experience and relationship. I sculpt in clay and wax and do the bronze casting and patinas myself.
Symbols and metaphors used in my sculptures include labyrinths and mazes, which have been used throughout art history as a metaphor for the individual life; cultural symbols because it is important to celebrate our diverse cultures in a world marred by hate and exclusion, and other symbols such as architectural fragments.
In the current works the architecture represents the abandoned homes of displaced peoples; the homes left behind due to violent upheaval in Syria, Yemen and Somalia among others, or due to natural disaster such as the recent fires in California. Recently I have been focused on the creation of uprooted vessel forms which are a metaphor for life; for an expedition into the unknown. These began as a response to the ongoing and growing refugee crisis, and expanded into the realm of the psychological unknown when I learned of my father’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. The world-wide refugee crisis that is ongoing sparked this series of sculptures. The crisis has affected 65.6 million people who have been displaced worldwide, more than at any time in history since WWII. The unknown in life also includes the many ways in which we all experience being shaken from our roots, upended from the familiar and cast into the unknown, such as through loss of health, relationship, work: Suspended without a place to rest, we hover. Or we set out into a terrifying unknown."