I'm captivated by the formation of clouds, the way trees grow, aerodynamics, and fluid flow. This is the stuff that really gets me excited. This fascination was the driving force behind these works, and my constant mission to blend the organic world with the manmade.
Powerline Cable / Wood – 2011
"Fireswept" is about standing ground amidst delusion and ambiguity. Setting priorities, standing up for Truth, and sharpening focus. This piece depicts a tree being swept by a storm so harsh it scorches the ground. Despite branches blowing in the wind, the roots of the tree stay fixed and protect the ground beneath them. Under the base of the tree, the wood remains untouched while surrounded by charcoal and ash.
Aluminum / Stone - 2011
This is the piece that got me into doing sculpture as a sophomore in high school, and ultimately got me to USC! I had seen the artist, Mark Golomb, do a similar piece and loved it so much I gave it a try. This piece really helped me understand my strengths. It was so fun to sculpt this organic figure out of such boldly manmade materials. Being able to mold something, and change it over and over until it moved just like I wanted it to really helped me realize how much I love to work in three dimensions. There's something about flow that absolutely fascinates me so molding the branches of this tree so they all flowed perfectly was really fun.
LIFE GOES ON
Powerline Cable / Wood - 2014
This was a $600 commission piece inspired by "Fireswept." Stress from school, finals, and work had been hitting me but I'm lucky enough to call Hawaii home and the thought of being back on the beach at home with my feet on the sand was keeping me going. The tree and wood base look like they've been battered by the wind for so many years that they show signs of continuous ware in the same direction. I thought this was a cool reminder that although life is hard at times, time doesn't stop and those hard times will come and go, so I named the piece, "Life Goes On."