Artistically, what do you do and why do you do it?
The core of my practice lies at the intersection of formal artifice and real life.
My work explores the emotional power of inanimate objects and puppets as bridges between the spoken and the mute, the live and the not so alive. The visual language of the performances and films suggests elliptical narratives and investigates issues of memory, loss, fear, mortality, power, transience, and the body. I work both conceptually and intuitively, often compelled by an image, an idea, a sound, a newspaper article, history, or a cultural artifact.
Puppets are the perfect vehicles for this investigation: they can be uncanny, confusing, durable, disposable, malleable, duplicitous, beautiful, ugly, scary, sublime, transcendent, or ambiguous. Using a spiral structure, a hieroglyphic visual/movement vocabulary, and merging projection with object performance, meaning is constructed through association; truth is elusive, and the questions are often between the layers.