My work explores the feeling of being a body and the ways we are affected by what we see and touch. I focus on the somatic senses of touch, movement, and sensation to reveal the inner dimensions of experience–physical, psychological and spiritual. Some of my sculptures are made for people to touch; others evoke bodily responses such as tension, pleasure, disorientation or emotion.
The artworks are constructions ranging in scale from small enough to cradle to large enough to enter. I use a variety of sensuous materials rich in expressive qualities and tactile appeal, and have recently begun integrating light, motion, neon and video into their meaning and structure. Through sculpture, installation, video and collage, I play in the territory between sight and touch, protection and vulnerability, natural and industrial, outside and inside, human and animal, body and mind, self and other.
My writing on perception has appeared in several books (see resume); I am writing a book, By the Light of the Body: The Somatic Senses in the Visual Arts, a phenomenology of the somatic senses in art, parts of which can be read in the book section of this website.