Gallery > Commemorative Plates

Sunset (Blue)
porcelain on panel
31” x 81”
2014
Sunset (Blue), detail
porcelain on panel
31” x 81”
2014
Sunset (Blue), detail
porcelain on panel
31” x 81”
2014
Sunset (Red)
porcelain on panel
31” x 81.5”
2015
Sunset (Red), detail
porcelain on panel
31” x 81.5”
2015
Value Scale
porcelain on panel
17" x 135"
2014
Value Scale, detail
porcelain on panel
17" x 135"
2014
Street View (Dream Homes)
over-fired terra cotta, porcelain, flocking
13.5” x 118”
2015
Street View (Dream Homes), detail
over-fired terra cotta, porcelain, flocking
13.5” x 118”
2015
Compendium of Arkansas Plants
porcelain, ceramic decals
20” x 166”
2015
Compendium of Arkansas Plants, detail
porcelain, ceramic decals
20” x 166”
2015
Sprout
porcelain, reclaimed copper
12.5” x 163.5” x 4”
2015
Sprout, detail
porcelain, reclaimed copper
12.5” x 163.5” x 4”
2015

The installations in Several Collections of Commemorative Plates utilize light switch plates and outlet covers, the portals where electricity enters the domestic space. The repeated forms mass together in grid-like configurations, nodding both to the electrical grid and to the nonchalant ease with which we employ this utility. In these various iterations, the switch plates are covered and enveloped by blooming flowers, abundant natural forms overtaking and blocking access to electrical consumption.

Aesthetically, my work aims to counter the traditional reverence for form as the primary and essential element of sculpture and the resulting viewpoint that decoration is merely an accessory—subordinate, feminine, and supplementary to form—rather than meaningful in its own right. My switch plate forms are flat and utilitarian, while their decorative floral adornments bring the work to life, adding layers of dimensionality, content, and imagery.