Gallery > Dominance and Affection

My work speaks to the complicated and often contradictory relationships humans maintain with other animals. We have taken great measures to keep the wild, unpredictable and problematic aspects of nature at bay, and yet we also cannot resist the need to be connected to that which we came from. In today’s increasingly nature deprived society our most intimate connection with the natural world tends to be with plants and animals that we ourselves have drastically altered through the process of domestication. Wild animals have been turned into pets, genetically sculpted into sweeter, cuter, less dangerous versions of themselves, permanently altered by man’s effort to fulfill their need for relentless love, amusement and companionship. Meanwhile, our homes have become barriers that keep the wild out, yet they are filled with caged animals, potted plants and countless other controlled and contrived representations of the natural world. My work aims to illustrate the evidence of both our dominance over and our affection for nature, as well as the cohabitation of our unease and desires regarding

Underdog
porcelain, wood, fabric
27"W
2013
Snitch
porcelain
12"H
2013
Kitten
porcelain
11"H
2012
Producer
porcelain, hay, found object
15"H
2012
Prize
porcelin, synthetic flowers
4"H
2013
Fish Bloom
porcelain, sythetic flowers
variable
2013
Shiver, Naked
porcelain
4"H
2012
Surrogate (monkey baby)
porcelain, wood, crib bedding, modified diaper
23"W
2012
Precarious
porcelain, wood
6"H
2012
Surrogate (mousey mouse)
porcelain
13"H
2011
Starter Pet Adaptation
porcelain
11"W
2011
Sweatered Sphinx
porcelain, modified sweater
19'H
2012
Sweatered Sphinx (detail)
porcelain, modified sweater
19"H
2011
Surrogate
porcelain
17"H
2011
Showboat
porcelain, modified diaper
28"H
2011
Surrogate (monkey topiary)
porcelain, paper
30"H
2011
Surrogate (monkey topiary)-detail
porcelain, paper
30"
2011
In Servitude 2
porcelain, earthenware, epoxy clay over wire armature (legs), twine
8"H
2014
In Servitude 4
porcelain, earthenware, epoxy clay over wire armature (legs), twine
7"H
2011
In Servitude 4 (detail)
porcelain, earthenware, epoxy clay over wire armature (legs), twine
7"H
2011
Cricket Death Match
porcelain, epoxy clay over wire armature (legs) wood, rubber tubing
9"H x 24"W
2011
Stag vs Hercules
porcelain, epoxy clay over wire armature (legs) wood, rubber tubing
9"H x 24"W
2011
Plucky
porcelain, wood, steel, leather
19"H
2011
Space Saving Gerbil Tower
porcelain, wood, wire mesh
72"H
2011
Space Saving Gerbil Tower (detail)
porcelain, wood, wire mest
72"H
2011
Hedgehoglet
porcelain
2011
Four Hungry Birds
porcelain, concrete
8"H
2013
Gerb-i-whirl (turning)
bronze, powdercoated steel
70"H
2010
Gerb-i-whirl (detail)
Bronze, powder coated steel
70"H
2010
Revolving Mount Specimen 1
nickel plated bronze, powdercoated steel
52"H
2010
Revolving Mount Specimen 1 (turning)
nickel plated bronze, powdercoated steel
52"H
2010
Revolving Mount Specimen 2
nickel plated bronze, powdercoated steel
54"H
2010