Artist Statement

Works from the Sacred Structures series make reference to the Caracol, located in Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Mexico, which is believed to be a Mayan observatory because the openings in the walls are aligned to important astronomical positions. Inspired by this architectural ruin, my geologic abstraction, titled El Caracol, reverses the meaning of an observatory as a place to study external phenomena, to that of a place for introspection and reflection. A manipulated sake bottle form placed inside is not only a symbol of celebration and libation, but also the subject of my inner struggle with the asymmetrical cycles of human existence. The culmination of this series was a large-scale sculpture, titled Observatory, from which I excluded the sake bottle form reflecting the removal of the narrative reference.