Artist Statement / Bio

My work explores the perception of necessity and how it is defined. I reference features from the physical landscape, vernacular architecture, and contemporary building materials to explore minimalist forms in my objects. These objects make a nod to traditional metalsmithing craft by embracing functionality and simultaneously explore minimalist form. I choose to interpret necessity by creating decorative objects with very little decorative detail, and minimize the use of materials traditionally associated with decorative objects. 

After receiving my BFA from Iowa State in 2005, I have studied and worked across the US in the Rocky Mountains, Southeast, and Pacific Northwest. I am inspired and motivated by material, simplicity, and process. Currently, I am making work in rural Iowa and digesting influences from the Midwestern landscape as well as the implements, practices, and people that define it’s subtly beautiful landscape.