Making Art can be slow or quick. One series might not take long to figure out because the planning has all taken place cerebrally in the months before beginning. Other series are slow to come to fruition as the challenges have to be solved as one goes along. My series “What Shapes Us” was an intensive process, and slow to create, however the idea of it had been in my head for a long time. I had been cutting the apertures for months before I started doing the forming, which took a lot of perfecting to get ‘right’.
As a person, I really value the handmade and strive to uphold this ideal in my life whether it be in the kitchen or the studio. Therefore, all of the apertures in the works were hand cut by me. Yes, that means thousands of cuts and bends to the apertures in the work. To me it is very satisfying to feel the medium in my hands and observe its abilities and qualities as one works with it. One learns a lot about the material and oneself as works intuitively within and sometimes outside the constraints of the material.