My stoneware sculptures emerge as much from where I live – rural Newfoundland – as they do from my imagination and my hands. The demise of northern cod has undermined Newfoundland’s rural economy of fishing, subsistence agriculture and woods work, all of which involved an intimate relationship with the natural world. I have chosen to remain here, determined that the rural voice must continue to be heard in a world that is becoming increasingly urban and divorced from nature.
My work does not romanticize nature. Instead, it acknowledges nature’s duality, a duality that embodies abundance and beauty at one extreme and scarcity and menace at the other. I am chiefly interested in exploring the emotional and intellectual space between these extremes.
Each piece of my work tells a story, recalls an emotion, or offers an explanation. A series can take years to complete, with individual sculptures emerging like chapters in a novel. My intention is to create contemporary works of art that speak to our common human experience, but via stories that are informed by a rural perspective.