Self Defense, 2012 linden, cherry, rose thorns
Here I'm pushing the integration of other organic matter into carving a bit further than I have before. Formally what I'm exploring is the contrast between the smooth light forms and the dark sharp thorns. Conceptually I'm trying to get at defenses, sometimes necessary, sometimes not, but very universally human, if given inhuman form here. Trying to do that without slipping into misogynistic cliche, whether I have succeeded is subject to individual opinion. I'll note that the more I look at the face, the more it looks like a self portrait with breasts. I didn't mean that. Really.