The nature of objects built more with our hands than with industrial processes interest
me. There is a certain look to things built one at a time to solve logistical problems
that existed before mass production changed our relationship to the world in which
we live. The craftspeople who made their own tools or the farmer that made or repaired
the equipment needed to produce a crop and make a living, provide examples of the
practical application of function to define form.
I find these handmade forms interesting and they speak about a psychological place
where people could be more proactive about solving the problems that existed in their
environment. I am not longing for the past. I used my computer to write this artist
statement. However, in our integration of technologies that allow us to do things
better, faster or of greater complexity, we may be at the same time losing a portion
I want to use the practical forms and ideas from the rural vernacular to investigate
our perception of the world around us and our relationship to it. I want to cause
the viewer to pause and contemplate their own connection with the contemporary world.