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True Mystery, An Artist Statement

Sculpting is my way of engaging with what Inoue Enryō called 真怪, shinkai, or true mystery—the secret thing at the core of existence. That thing we can touch, feel, explore and yet we can never fully know. The thing that we find in the secret places, the dark forests, the between spaces.

I strive to give my work a sense of history and antiquity through the use of motif, symbolism and elements such as fragmentation. The repetition of these throughout many of my pieces allows me to develop a personal mythology that transcends the self and engages with the greater narrative of human experience. These symbols are at once personal and archetypal.

Another aspect of my work is a sense of story. This can be seen plainly in works that are expressly narrative through the use of fairy tales, folklore and legends as the direct subject of the sculpture, but it also has its roots in the motion and details of a piece. I hope to engage the viewer mid-narrative, as if a story has been frozen in time—to give them a scene to contemplate, an image that stays with them well beyond the instance of first sight. Story in that sense allows us to tap into the elements of what makes us human and gives us a way to engage with that true mystery of what is in the deepest places of our hearts.

For me, art is a way of reaching out to others. By contemplation of the self, history, archetype and story through creation we allow others to engage in subjects and themes that help them understand themselves, their place in history and others around them. I hope to, through my sculpture, create a sympathetic thread which others can use to weave their own stories.