Growing up in the Mojave Desert, I spent much of my childhood roaming through the vacant stretches of land on the outskirts of the town that I lived in. When I would venture out into this seemingly endless environment, I never saw any other people; however, the objects they left behind were always in abundance. I was so fascinated to see these piles of empty cans, shotgun shells, old hot tubs, and dated outdoor patio sets, on display in such a strange setting. As I got older I began to think of how we give objects life by using them.
The personal relationship that individuals have with the objects that surround them is quite interesting. The objects I speak of, are essentially created to serve a specific purpose whether it be for convenience, entertainment, comfort or protection. We rely on these things, not only for function, but also for how they make us feel when we see and interact with them. As an artist/designer, I create functional objects that have a specific personality based on my personal inspirations and experiences. Much of this work relates to the idea of trying to achieve perfect tension. I play with opposites, for example, smooth and rough, light and dark or shiny and dull. This balance of opposites can shape how we feel, or don’t feel about the object, whether it be fun, or comfortable, or even safe.
Aside from how objects make us feel, another interesting aspect about our object-to –human relationship is how we treat them. Over time, styles change and things get weathered down or broken, and then we have to determine whether to fix them or to throw them away. Now, when I think of those discarded objects, I feel like they were ones that had lived out their lives with people and have then been sent out to die, with the desert being their final resting place. This object graveyard has inspired me in the way that I design ceramics. I try make things based off of the sun-bleached colors and various textures that I would come across out in the desert. Sometimes I even envision what it would look like once it gets abandoned and put to rest in the blistering hot setting.