…vita brevis (detail)   2017
Photo credit: Eric Mueller


While flowers and plants have a defined lifespan, pottery from the Jomon period and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an have withstood millennia. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and the relative stability of fired ceramics, in beauty that can be both ephemeral and enduring. Working at the intersection of the natural and constructed, I integrate real flowers with ceramic ones. My installations, which thus incorporate actual, lived time and elements of decay, allude to memento mori and seek to create an awareness of the ephemerality of our existence in contrast to the persistence
of fired clay.