Embellished Sculptures/Reliquary Figures

I’ve always been fascinated by the fine line that artists walk between consumerist culture and the idealistic realm of the aesthetic. In this work, the foundational figures evoke traditional sculpture and art’s timeless fascination with the human body, while the embellishments represent a magpie-like collection of objects accumulated over the years. It merges my signature figures with the relics of a life lived in a materialistic culture. However, through transforming the scraps of daily living into art they regain life and form a reliquary of the resaved pieces once fallen through the cracks. They are simultaneously snapshots of the external culture of lived experience and of the often insular culture of the artist’s world.