My clay figures are symbolic self-portraits overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for children, family, home and work while trying to maintain a creative life. They may look whimsical, but things arent always what they seem. Upon further inspection, there lies a dark side to these figures and their internal experiences. The waters appear smooth, but the soul still struggles to navigate them. The water is simultaneously nostalgic and full of danger. Water is a metaphor for childhood playfulness and freedom. At the same time, the water represents adult responsibilities to protect oneself and children from its potential threats.
The sculptures are unified by the repetition of water elements, figures, and balls. The balls represent all the things we need and want to do in our daily lives. They are the things we juggle to maintain balance and make it through lifes rough waters.