I believed that I created art to escape. Now, this idea seems foolhardy. Escapism in my life has been destructive, it kept me at a standstill. By making artwork I propel myself forward, I progress. In delving headfirst into my dreams and memories, the sculptures I create become a catalyst for my experience. My work tests the malleability of metals and wood, as combating the rigidity of these materials to create organic, abstracted forms is a worthy challenge. The sculptures I create take on mixes of figurative and biomorphic shapes that incorporate elements of violence, movement, and tension. I gravitate towards these motifs for their ability to elicit strong physical, mental, and emotional reactions. Spears piercing a body, genitalia formed from steel, displaying the metamorphosis of a body: all of these are my past solutions for representing my state of being, reactions, and dreams in a physical state. Bringing these inner presences of my mind to the surface and revealing them to an audience brings both anxiety and relief, it’s like taking a gut punch with a smile. Through gritted teeth and blooded hands, I brush aside the want to escape and find validation through producing.