Go Back for What We Forgot, 2009
This series of pieces is named after an Adinkra Symbol from Ghana. In Ghana, there are a series of proverbs which have symbols associated with them. The proverb "Go back and take it" is associated with a Symbol of a goose with its head turned backward, getting an egg off its back, and forming a circle with its body. To me, the symbol, called "Sankofa," speaks about remembering forgotten wisdom. The Sankofa goose, and it's proverb were the inspiration for this series of work. The pieces carry the energy of different animals, elements and experiences. We need reminders in this chaotic world about what it is to be human. As I made them, these pieces were reminders for me.
Bronze Work, 2011-12
These pieces were made through a very old and time consuming process while I was living in West Africa. They are lost wax sculptures. The original sculpture is carved in beeswax. Then a mold is made around the beeswax sculpture out of clay and horse "caca". The mold is fired, and the wax is melted out. Bronze is brought to melting temperature with an outdoor charcoal fire, and then poured by hand into the mold. The ceramic mold is then cracked off, and the piece is ready to sand and patina. The same exact process has been used for 3000 years in West Africa, except that we got all the bronze from old recycled junk! I carried 300 LBS of bronze sculptures home with me on the airplane in March 2012.
Ceramic Figures 2012-13
I have a new studio in my hometown of San Juan Island, in Washington State. Having a space to myself is giving me the opportunity to work bigger. The series that I am working on right now are freestanding figures, between 1/3 life size and 6 and a half feet tall. They are influenced by the time I spend living in Africa, and my relationship with symbolism.
Bronze and Ceramic work, 2014
These pieces, made of bronze, mixed media and ceramic are a further exploration into materiality. I spent 3 months working in West Africa in 2013, and made some very large pieces. I also have been continuing to work with the cast form, and in some cases have been adding wood and other materials to the work.