Artist Statement 2015

My aim is to sculpt portraits that go beyond capturing a likeness.  I create these heads from the inside out, bringing to life the appearance of inner thought and emotion as I layer the silicone. 

Empathy serves as a primary guide to my process.  I strive for a kind of reticence, an ambiguity that teases your curiosity to keep you guessing at what thoughts lurk behind those eyes.  When a neutral expression is adjusted just right, it can trigger an illusion that the face is on the verge of sliding into different moods. It’s a kind of subtlety that serves as a mask hiding a complexity beneath. 

Face to face, viewers approach the giant heads which are eight times bigger than life size in volume. The stillness and detail allow for close examination of each pore with a level of scrutiny not even permitted to lovers. The sculptures permit an impossibly close shared moment with the celebrated.