My current body of work, Embody/Object, combines an interest of salvaged objects, inherent vs. applied color, and the philosophy and language embedded within form and material. Stemming from memories attached to powerful architecture and expanding into the field of Feminist approaches to structure, the sculptures I manifest are investigations of bringing emotion and character into cold, manufactured forms. Can sentiment be applied to the inanimacy of an object?
This process of research began with the realization that every material sends a message to its viewer. Simplifying sculpture down to minimal surfaces and color allows for the eye to not only see the structure as a whole, but to go further into concept and reveal properties that might otherwise get lost. I find that it?s often the quieter pieces that end up speaking louder. This outlook has lead me to examine many post-Minimalist philosophies and the layers of intricacy inside each material application. Ultimately, I have discovered mundane materials are sometimes the most ambiguous, as they tell some of the greatest stories.
photos by Probably Joel