artwork > Archived Wall Tile and Tablet Gallery

The wall tablets or tiles you see here represent the love I have for drawing and painting on clay.

The permanent nature of clay motivates the manifestation of the drawn, sculpted, and painted images and forms within this body of work. Image, color and material coexist in order to make evident the stories surrounding life.

The disposition of contemporary society’s relationship and or disconnect with both wild and domesticated animals is complex. By chronicling the threatened and easily forgotten life forms that make up the natural world I hope to reveal their fragile essence as permanent artifacts.

The practically imperishable ancient Middle Eastern clay tablet is an object that communicates a writing system which has shed light on cultural and spiritual events of a time long past. It eloquently testifies Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian contributions to human civilization. Communication through fired or hardened earth is also evident in the caves of Lascaux and the engraved petroglyphs found globally. I attempt to capture this spirit in my work.

These pictorial stories between humans and animals and written accounts of culture have informed our perspectives on the human condition. It is for these reasons I have chosen to portray the present landscape, narrate the changes in the environment, and bring attention to the loss of wild animals. It is my intention that these works will endure and allow future generations to look into a window of the past.

Pastime Near a Rigorously Modern Building
earthenware
18" x 18" x 2"
2008
Wrapped Whale
10" x 8" x 2"
2014
Pelican Slick
14" x 14" x 2"
2013
A Pelican's World
24" x 24" x 2"
2010
History of a Large Mammal
stoneware
28" x 18" x 3"
2008
For Their Tusks
earthenware
7.5x10x3
2012
Netted Dolphin
earthenware
7.5x10x3
2012
Octopus Vulgaris
earthenware
7.5x10x3
2012
Empire Colony
earthenware
10" x 10" x 3"
2012
Procreation Termination
earthenware
10" x 10" x 3"
2012
Amoeba Fish
earthenware
7.5" x 10" x 3"
2012
Hammerhead Target:  Overfished
earthenware
7.5" x 10" x 3"
2012
Free Swimmer Population Explosion
earthenware
10" x 10" x 3"
2012
Choosing Asphyxiation
earthenware
22" x 21.5" x 1"
2012
Lone Empire
earthenware
7.5" x 10" x 3"
2012