I make abstract sculptures by using craft based processes such as knotting, weaving and braiding with raw industrial materials like rebar tie wire and recycled tire soaker tubing. Handwork processes are intimate and vulnerable. Applying these processes to hard and unforgiving materials requires an understanding of those materials in order to work efficiently and effectively. The formal decisions of the work often reflect the capabilities of the material, for instance I’ll work with and not against the curve of the tie wire which is pre-packaged and sold tightly wound in coils. These sculptures involve variations in tension and density to consider vulnerability and explore the differences of being open or closed off, relaxed or uptight without passing judgement on either condition. Structures are often comprised of obsessively repeated gestures that are dysfunctional given the intended purpose of the materials yet ambitious given the context. In this way, my work defies expectations and conventions in the hope of discovering new systems for growth.