Artist Statement

Artist Statement

The true wonder of the world is available everywhere: in the minutest parts of our bodies, in the vast expanses of the cosmos, and in the interconnectedness of these and all things.

~ Michael Stark


I create sculptural works that focus on the essential need for stillness, connection, and recognition. I use meditative materials like clay, metal, wood, and intuitive methods such as carving and hand building to explore how the human form impacts—and is mirrored within—the landscape. The work stems from my interest in botany and innate curiosity for anatomical structures and life cycles, but is driven by an ever-present concern for ecological balance. I use seed and leaf forms as metaphors for stillness and biodiversity-- creating vast systems that ebb and flow in scale, shape, and texture. I see these systems as living things that embody quiet energy and the physicality that is slowly diminishing from daily life. For me they serve as subtle reminders to pause, be present, and recognize oneself within the shapes, patterns and symmetries of the natural world.