Husk // MINT Gallery // Atlanta, GA // September – October 2019
Husk brings together three distinct but related bodies of work in which I explore the vulnerability of corporeal bodies, human and otherwise. In my derma series, shredded and stretched swaths of translucent silk felted with wool and human hair recall flayed skin or animal hides. Abstract and abject ceramic forms comprise my limb/trunc series, simultaneously evoking flesh, bone, shell, and stone. And the intimate, delicate sculptures of my phantom series suggest elusive animal skulls and ambiguous organs.
While each piece in Husk alludes to “body” in some way, it is never completely clear whether one is looking at the human body, an animal body, an imaginary beast, or merely inanimate, organic mass. Haunted by my own mortality, I imbue my sculptures with fleshy textures, visceral surfaces, and bodily fibers that elicit revulsion and dread. I employ precious materials and display my works in a reverential manner to echo and emphasize the fragility and precarity of human, animal, and organic life.