Tabernacle of the Unknowable Womb
Tabernacle of the Unknowable Womb

Clay, glaze

13 in. h. x 4.75 in. w. x 3.75 in. d.

Detail, Tabernacle of the Unknowable Womb
Detail, Tabernacle of the Unknowable Womb
The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party

Clay, glaze

Variable sizes: smallest is 4.75 in. h. x 1.5 in. w. x 2.75 in. d., largest is 9 in. h. x 2.5 in. w. x 3 in. d 

These are functioning incense burners.  I was inspired to make these after viewing Sumerian votive figures at the Met.  Smoke from the incense in these ritual figures streams out of the "rabbit hole" in the front.

Detail, "The Wedding Party"
Detail, "The Wedding Party"
Detail, "The Wedding Party," bride and groom
Detail, "The Wedding Party," bride and groom

groom: 9 in. h. x 2.5 in. w. x 3 in. d.

bride 8 in. h. x 2.25 in. w. x 2.5 in. d.

Detail, "The Wedding Party," back of bride and groom
Detail, "The Wedding Party," back of bride and groom
This Plank My Burden
This Plank My Burden

Clay, gesso, oil paint

14.5 in. x 6.5 in x 5 in

"This Plank My Burden" is a figurative vessel inspired by my Catholic upbringing. The phrase "This Plank My Burden" is incised into the clay around the figure's head, as well as on the cuffs around the hands. At heart level is a jailer's grate for ventilation.

Storm Tabernacle
Storm Tabernacle

Clay, gesso, oil paint.

16" x 4.75" x 6"

"Storm Tabernacle" was inspired by my experiences during Hurricane Katrina. In designing the piece, I looked at Hokusai's print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." "Storm Tabernacle" depicts two hands grasping in the center of the piece, surrounded by a hurricane symbol, waves and a distressed figure.

Cast your pearls before pigs
Cast your pearls before pigs

Clay, paint, composite wire, freshwater pearls

Tabernacle of a Thousand Wants
Tabernacle of a Thousand Wants

Clay, oil paint, gold leaf

18.5 in. x 10.5 in x 6.5 in.

Messenger
Messenger

Clay, acrylic base, oil paints

If you look closely at the photo, you can see "messenger" incised on the figure's orange chest. I got inspired to make this piece after looking at some West African wooden sculptures used in rituals... I hollowed out his trunk to make a place for a sacred thought- he rides a rocket/ bullet into space - dressed in astronaut gear- launches a message out into the universe and reminds the maker/sender to remember it. I have always been interested in personal rituals and the way we choose to honor ideas/events/people.

Premature Cull
Premature Cull

Clay, gesso, oil paint, rope

14.5" x 7.5" x 3.5"

"Premature Cull" is a figurative vessel inspired by stories of local oyster fishers. The vessel mimics the form of the Canaanite burial pods I've modeled my sculptures after for years, but also resembles the color and texture of the oyster itself. The expression is of one who is pulled too soon.