My most sacred memories and experiences are explored in my work. Each piece is based on my personal understanding in relation to anthropological themes of life. The mediums I like to use are materials that are closely intertwined with everyday experiences, with most of my work made in metal. Metal bridges cultures throughout the world with its many purposes, from elaborate adornment to strictly functional uses, it allows me to connect with others through materiality.
Experiencing various cultures firsthand – from growing up in the Midwest to exploring the temples of Southeast Asia – lets me gain an appreciation of other civilizations and inspires me to develop my own artistic responses to them. My individual story assimilates into the sanctified stories of other cultures, such as the Balinese celebration of ancestral spirits in the Galungan Festival and folklore of the Dutch Reform Church in Sleepy Hollow. Embracing the past, I create objects that serve to pay homage to history and foster new understandings.