My work revolves around a few central ideas: A sense of play; a sense of sacredness; and the interchange of male and female energy. These ideas offer a rich vein of exploration for me, and raise perennially interesting questions: How does yin and yang energy affect our experience? What do we hold sacred in our lives? What happens when we play? And who are we when we don’t? Using discarded or outmoded objects as the raw material for my work offers a way into these ideas for me. I get to play around with the objects at hand, and this process provides the fertile soil needed for new works and new lines of inquiry to emerge. Over the years, an artistic vocabulary has taken shape from this palette of cast-offs – one that continues to evolve as I grow. Gestalt Theory provides the foundation for my working process. I love beautiful old quirky things, and delight in creating sculptures and installations by combining various flea market finds and all manner of salvaged items. By joining various materials together to create a new object – one that ideally ‘reads’ as a cohesive whole, rather than a group of separate items – I’m attempting to tap into the synergy created by the Gestalt effect, that of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Creating artwork from these disparate pieces of our shared history brings me joy and a sense of connection. With art as a starting point, I’m hoping to engage in honest and nuanced conversations with others – finding common ground and learning along the way.