|My art has been deeply influenced by where I live, what materials are available and by social issues that I feel need to be actively addressed. The final form that the sculptures, installations, multidisciplinary work and commissions develop into is varied and is in a direct response to the initial quest, purpose and citing of the artwork.
The Gun Sculpture Installation, in response to it's anti-violence theme, used crime and military weapons as it's main sculptural material. My CCHS fellowship took me to Cambodia and Sierra Leone. The resulting artwork involves photography, cloth, found objects and voice, whereas while I lived in London, UK, my work was more formally aesthetic, using the magnificent hardwoods from Kew Gardens as the main material.
Although much of my latest work focuses on war victims and their experiences, I have learned from my trips to conflict countries that humor, compassion and the human spirit can surmount extraordinary odds.