Through the common language of the human face and figure, we instinctively recognize and respond to one another’s physical and emotional conditions. I use this natural affinity in my work, whether through narrative or allegory, to provoke insights into ourselves and those around us, challenge us to acknowledge our true relationship to each other, and invite us to imagine a more just future. One of the functions of art that most interests me is art’s ability to make space for conversations. According to Leo Tolstoy, this communication through art is “a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feeling, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” It is my hope and privilege to participate in this process through the work of my hands. In all of my work it is my goal to tell the truth about human experiences in an honoring, challenging, and hopeful way that creates space for conversations that help us to better understand one another and ourselves.