Resurrection features the long-tailed widow bird, known in South Africa as a Sakabula. This creature is an African phoenix, as each winter, it loses its impressive tail feathers and regrows them each spring. It speaks of seasons and cycles, and the specific moment when we rise from the earth into our full power after grief and loss have stripped us bare.
This piece will soon be joined by artworks Baptism and Covenant.
face masks series
While the creature of myth has the body of a man and the head of a bull, this minotaur has the body of a woman and the head of the more elegant, and wilder, wildebeest. In different stages of her life cycle, and in various acts of intimacy, she symbolizes innocence, promise, mystery, nature, beauty, raw power, defiance, and decay. She is at once both utterly wild and utterly human. She has been marginalized and pushed into the corners. Her humanity, her vulnerability, and her power are a challenge to the dominant yang culture of linear reductionist independence. She stands at the dawning of a new age. To read more about this series and view the sculptures from multiple angles, click here.
mythical creatures series
This series brings an element of whimsy to culturally-embedded mythological creatures by flipping the elements of beast and human. In addition to twisting the physical elements, the characteristics of each creature are counter-posed against their traditional depictions. This brings into focus of the notions of strength, beauty, and elegance. Society’s stereotyped understandings of these universal traits is explored and provoked.
Art is a journey into the subconscious. Creating sculptures allows me to explore my own assumptions as well as those presented by society. My work manifests the shadow side of common stereotypes, and draws the unseen and marginalized into the light.
I find inspiration in a life well and deeply lived. All experiences hold value and the potential to learn more about ourselves. I collect up impressions, musings, and snapshots from my ordinary adventures and patch them together to create forms of offbeat beauty. Sculpting both sates and stirs me as it brings me to the place where precision and playfulness meet.
I am fascinated by the physical forms of art-making, which features in the appeal of bronze sculpture to me as an artist. The ever-changing challenges of lost-wax casting provoke me to question how and why art is made.