b. 1994, State College, Pennsylvania
lives & works in Brooklyn, New York
I am interested in the aesthetics and functionality of mechanical devices and their connection to personal and cultural histories, timelines of technological progress, and the relationship between animate and inanimate objects. The forms I make are a unification of real and imaginary forms that are recognizable through physical signifiers that imply function, but they resist immediate identification. The forms originate from a desire to summon and connect to past and future experiences through heavily-used objects. The forms draw from design languages that emphasize rigidity, intuitive functionality, and visual simplicity; yet they are offset from manufactured aesthetics. They are imbued with tactile softness and devotional familiarity that are natural products of the interaction between my hands and clay. The gentle corners, smoothed additions, and hazy surfaces point in the general direction of distant, incomplete, sometimes fabricated memories that are accessed via mechanical devices. I aim to make forms that emerge as a convergence of private and cultural experience, using the visual aesthetics and symbolism of mechanical objects as catalysts.