I have been avoiding publishing an artist statement to my website.
While I certainly see the value of articulating my creative process for an audience, I also find it troubling. Increasingly, I find the idea of habitually interrupting my studio practice to verbalize my intentions, motivations & observations very disruptive. It seems too easy to undermine the work itself by attempting to articulate relationships & nuances that are interesting because of an inherent deflection of parallel/linear lingual interpretation. (Thought i feel compelled to draw a distinction between work that falls into this delicate, ambiguous category & intentionally cryptic work.)
I will reconcile this: The pots represent a constant negotiation between my hands, head, expectation & a personal compulsion to buck patterns as they emerge. Improvisation determines what a particular form needs to feel complete (or sometimes, perfectly incomplete). Making & contemplation are one.
This is as close to an artist statement as I can bare today. One day, I hope my writing skills will be sufficient & poetic enough to articulate the nuances of my hand. Until then, i will continue to ramble.