Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I relocated to the Lowcountry almost 10 years ago and now call Seabrook Island home. Inspiration is always found in the beauty and simplicity of the South Carolina Coast. For this reason, I am passionate about being an environmentally conscientious artist and I make it my mission to create eco friendly art. While my eclectic collection includes pieces in mixed media collage, clay and paint, it is my work in found object sculpture that brings me the greatest joy and and satisfaction.
I am constantly amazed at the abundance of materials I find and rescue within just a few city blocks. Great pride is taken in cleaning up my surroundings with the hope of keeping the coastline beautiful and pristine. One will discover that recycling is definitely an art form and that even the dingiest, broken items can have a creative purpose in my sustainable artwork. I am truly excited and constantly challenged to highlight ordinary materials and introduce art that enhances, compliments and warms an individual home or an area in a medical or corporate setting.
Using mostly discarded, abandoned and reclaimed materials, my “environmental folk art” honors those forgotten things and celebrates recycling as an art form. That shattered, busted and cracked piece of metal or wood lying in the streets or on the beach, is the focal point of my found objects sculptures. There is an abundance of items thrown away, left behind and forgotten on a daily basis that are free, plentiful and readily available. Every nail, screw, bottle cap, piece of wood, wire or metal has its own story as it has gone through some journey to end up discarded. Each item was useless on its own. The twisted nails, metal scraps and old bottle caps display an individual weak roughness, but when paired with other fragmented pieces, they convey strength. Their interaction with one another is accomplished through detailed layering in a graphic and interesting medley highlighted with bold colors to create an unusual balance of industry and art. When damaged, disconnected and incomplete things come together in an unexpected and imaginative way, a distinct plainness becomes a raw form of beauty. Who would have thought a pull-tab or bottle cap could be repurposed as a fish gill or a bird’s wing? Or a broken coat hanger serve as fence post or chimney tile?
By rescuing these forgotten items from the streets and beaches, I am doing my part to keep these things from polluting the landfills, streets and waterways. I hope to challenge viewers to see if they can locate various discarded items and gain a new appreciation for their artistic value.