"It is the empty space inside the bowl that makes the bowl useful," states the Tao Te Ching. Like the ancient Chinese text, I see utility in emptiness. Through drawing and painting, I explore empty space through vessels, predominantly the unconstructed box. In its undone state, a box has no material function. With the interaction of the human hand, however, it can become a repository for anything. It is blueprint for thing and thing itself. It is pure potential.
I am inspired by the Japanese concept of ma: the meaningful space between two things, and, importantly, the experience of that space by the beholder.
While my work focuses on physical objects, I balance these arrangements with an intentional use of emptiness. With a muted palette and thoughtful application of space, I invite the viewer to meditate on the harmony between absence and presence.