Since graduating from art school, I have worked in the wooden boat community in various roles throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Consequently, my art has been profoundly influenced by traditional wooden boat building techniques, materials, and the ever-present consciousness of making structures that interact with bodies of water. I like engaging with the idea of suspension - in the literal spatial and chemical sense, as well as in the more ephemeral sense related to time and being. My installations and my sculptural pieces explore this concept through visual repetition, movement through space, as well as a reference to the straight line, which is perhaps one of humankind's greatest inventions as no such phenomenon exists naturally. Much of my sculptural work also references the horizon, the greatest curve of which we know, disguised as a straight line. More recently, I've begun making sculptural pieces that are less formal and have a sense of narrative to them, that have been vessels for dealing with concepts of loss and containment. I maintain an artistic practice that combines working on, in, or near the water with making pieces in my studio.

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