PORTFOLIO > If For No Other Reason

This body of work examines the social construction of masculinity and femininity in middle-class American society. Drawing on experiences of the domestic and familial to the casual and romantic, I use objects, color, decoration, patterning, material and process to investigate gendered paradigms. Quiet and unassuming, the work invites the viewer to uncover a more obtrusive and revealing view of a gendered history.

I begin by casting objects in porcelain to generate the basic form. This replication maintains a simultaneous reference to the original object while allowing a broad range of surface treatments. In addition to passages of text, I use color, texture and patterning to entice the viewer. I embrace aesthetic qualities that are stereotypically feminine and domestic, in contrast with the tensions of autobiographical experience and diaristic passages.