People I have lost and aspects of the natural world I associate with their memory inspire my current body of work. Commemorating these relationships indicates a sense of longing for connection and intimacy. However, the strangeness of human interaction evokes feelings of detachment and vulnerability. These emotions are difficult to articulate, even when the memories that perpetuate them are easy to hold onto. Facial expressions, textures, patterns, and glazes form my visual language. In this manner, I create a world that seeks to find a balance between my imagination and the constraints of reality. It is a response to the growing distance felt in my relationships to people and places. The scale, abstraction, and fragmentation of the work creates an experience that is both foreign and familiar. It is a way to reflect on the mysterious aspects of existence through the careful observation of my surroundings.