Interpersonal interactions can be an overwhelming experience. The energy coming from a crowd or an intense one on one conversation can make some people uncomfortable. When people are anxious they often find coping mechanisms. At a young age I noticed that when I became anxious I would visually trace patterns on a wall, count, connect similar colors or fidget with items to calm my nerves. This method continued and became more noticeable as I grew older and was expected to be around crowds and experience more personal interactions. Familiarity is what I seek to help calm my nerves. With each vessel I reinvent memories that calm me during discomforting moments. Through the familiar textures, colors and moving elements I address how I personally release nervous energy. Therefore the pieces in the show are designed to be picked up and interacted with to help release stress hormones.
As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors squishing dirt between my fingers as I made mud pies and leaf salads for my dolls. Through my ceramic practice I try to translate this nostalgia. The texture and smell of clay brings back memories of my world being simple. My work seeks to find a sense of comfort in an uncomfortable world.