Whether it is pets, in nature, films and cartoons, mythology, I have always been drawn to animals. As a kid I had an extensive stuffed animal collection. These fascinations of animal archetypes, images and myths have resurfaced as visual vocabulary in my work.
My works are primarily created through the process of needle felting. There is a comfort that is embedded in the nostalgic material. Needle felting is done by compressing raw wool with a barbed needle into a form. Every area is stabbed hundreds of times with a single needle until the desired density is formed. This medium allows me to sculpt works within a surreal space that is both disarming and inviting.
My figures are animal based, however the pieces are about people. The animals act as metaphors for the way we humans interact with each other and ourselves, and navigate the world. Recently I have been exploring the ideas of power and balance between the roles of predator and prey. The predators are often presented in compromising situations, while the prey is shown as communal and empowered. Specifically, I am interested in the way people in positions of power tend to respond to change with aggression. I am attempting to present these aspects through animal behavior to show these actions how I perceive them.