About the work
I grew up in the Delta of Mississippi, surrounded by cotton and blues and some of the best outsider artwork in the world. This was a deeply Southern stage, set with backdrops of fields and soulful history, of stereotypes dividing men and women, of rich and poor, black and white. All of these things have impacted my life and influenced my storytelling in clay. Each sculpture is a chapter in a book that I edit, color, and scribble upon. .. like a diary of unspoken thoughts, remnants of dreams. I work in clay because it is a forgiving, expressive medium….a material that I have known my entire life. Red clay, brown mud, dark soil. I work with the feminine figure because it is what I know. Women have been storytellers and keepers of wisdom for ages, and I like to think my female forms continue to tell tales. They are feminine totems translating traditional boundaries of gender, heritage, sexuality, and maternal roles.
Through my sculptural narrative, I answer questions and tell tales. I explore my medium and let it have a voice. My exploration and acceptance of living through art is necessary for closing doors, so that others may be opened.