My current work is about the “idea of play” and how that functions in our contemporary culture. I use the multiple facets of what the concept of play can be not only to organize and establish parameters with my surroundings, but also as a means to introduce questions of how others create their own public and private environments and exist within these environments. It is through the denial of “actual” play that a desire to understand the potential of how these objects may be played with perpetuates.
The processes that I am currently using consist of sewing, slip casting, and glazing. Slip casting, being my primary process, allows me to create and work with clay in a manner that addresses how I use the multiple. Through using the multiple in my work, I may discuss the role of collection as play and how one might organize the objects within this collection.
It is my goal for the audience to question what type of objects they might collect and play with, as well as within what contexts these kinds of activities are acceptable. Through using varying modes of display, the idea of play becomes accessible within the work. Using color as a “hook”, and objects that allude to or reference “toy” and “pillow”, I feel that play becomes the catalyst for understanding the function of play in our own lives.