Artist Statement

The Offerings Series explores the snake as a cultural symbol of our time. These sculptures of snakes are interpretations of historical images of snakes and serpents.

I combined these images of snakes with porcelain bowl forms that are derived from the traditional molcajete, which is a mortar commonly used in Mexico for grinding. In this body of work, I am exploring the fusion of my cultural history with an ethnic symbol of everyday life. Although the snake started out as an interpretation of the past, it now raises questions about the future, about protection, about fear, about serious consequences and about offering. The bowl is in fact a symbol of history, as a utilitarian object, and now poses the question “What is being offered?”