For many years I have been deeply influenced by the many animals used in art and architecture both real and mythological all over the world. Their forms and symbolism, used throughout history and the many cultures of the world, intrigue me. I am curious about the human connection, past and present, to animals and what they have meant to mankind throughout the ages. Zoomorphism; attributing animal characteristics to humans, and anthromorphism; attributing human characteristics to animals, fascinates me.
Of many inspirations, I was inspired by Etruscan helmets after my 5 years of living and studying in Italy, and I developed a series of helmets in terra cotta for the contemporary woman, with various animals represented on them. The woman would then connect to the certain animal that she felt she had similar characteristics too or that she wanted to be more like, attain that power or grace. After the helmets, I concentrated on sculptural animal talismans that correspond to our various human needs, desires and personalities.
These talismans lead me to my current series called the “Guardian Series”. These various “guardians” protect, guide, and watch over you in various areas of your life. Each animal acts like a spiritual guide, a reminder of where you need help or guidance, the guardian of a certain room or of a person, as each animals has its own symbolism and acts as a particular guardian.
I often use clay, plaster, metal or mixed media in my work, and try to capture what these animals mean to me and how they make me feel as well as how they make other people feel.