Handmade/ Homemade Series: Nourish, 2010. Porcelain, wire, antique kitchen chair; h. 36 x w. 19 x d. 15 inches. Image credit: Tim Thayer.
Handmade/ Homemade Series: Gammy’s Runner, Great-Mother’s Table, 2009 – 2010. Porcelain, antique cherry dining table; h. 30.5 x w. 60 x d. 40 inches. Image credit: Tim Thayer.
Handmade / Homemade Series: Grandmother’s Set, 2009. Porcelain index and thumb bones, wire, acrylic; h. 2 x w. 16 x d. 12 inches.

Pieces in the Handmade/Homemade Series consist of porcelain parts that mimic the shape of bones found in index and thumb fingers. This series explores the connection of household and collected objects to memory and identity. The handmade and the homemade are both created with love, careful calculations, preparation, patience, and time.

Sources link the craft of crochet to nuns and call it “nun’s work,” which migrated to the everyday domestic. While conducting on-site research in the Vatican and in ossuaries in Rome and Prague, I realized a visual connection between decorative motifs in cathedrals, ossuaries, and common crochet patterns. Discovering this link became a source of visual clout to describe the domestic arena as a sacred space, mortality as a vehicle to celebrate life, and explore the enduring quality of the handmade.

October Series: Four Hundred Square Inches of Orange, 2008. Porcelain doe skulls, reflective tape, reflective tacks; h. 82.5 x w. 181.5 x d. 4 inches; size varies with each gallery installation.

As a pet owner of cats, dogs, and horses, I daily contemplate their instincts, behaviors, and feelings. This produces a distinct awareness of my responsibilities to my pets as their caretaker. I am also fascinated by an animal’s ability to adjust and communicate with humans, as well as add to the joy and commotion of every-day domestic life. Conceptually, this thought process led me to look beyond my personal household to larger cultural events that link humans to animals.

October, November, and December are months when hunting season is at its full peak in many states. It is a yearly occurrence that, for some, is a way of life, a household event, means of survival. A ritual is an event or action that is connected to cultural or religious customs. In October Series, I am approaching hunting season as a sacred domestic contemporary ritual. Hunters are tapping into their predatory instincts. This innate behavior, as well as other instincts found in both humans and animals, becomes a connective essence. This piece was created to provoke an awareness of the sacred relationship between humans, animals, and survival.

Horse & Rider Series: Connection, 2008. Porcelain human and equine femurs; h. 84 x w. 36 x d. 5 inches.
Horse and Rider Series: Takt II, 2009. Porcelain equine fibulae, tissue transfers, cobalt; each approximately h. 0.25 x w. 9 x d. 1 inches.

Takt and Connection were inspired by the relationship of horse and rider. It is a communication that can be magical and overwhelming by the simple fact that it is possible. Clear communication is absolutely necessary for success of the pair. Takt is a direct reference to the dressage training scale; “takt” means rhythm and regularity in gait and tempo. In this piece, the smallest bone in the horse, the fibula, is created and repeated in porcelain. Connection utilizes the femur of both horse and rider to visually describe a moment of communication in the act of riding.