The figure series is inspired by the heddle pulley strip weaver and traditional adobe architecture from West Africa. The wooden heddle pulley is a utilitarian weaving object and is used to separate the warp to make narrow woven strips that serve multiple purposes. The heddle pulley metaphorically translates messages and stories that can only be revealed when in use. The scale of the ceramic figures in relation to the heddle pulleys encompass a broader association with adobe architecture and the physical presence of power, possibly a guardian that may give permission to enter a space. Occasionally objects are place in the archway of the figures, such as a grid, gate, door and passageway that represent the transmission of human social interaction. Irregular shapes of color on the surfaces are used to elaborate the importance of the natural landscape and how, in order to survive, it must change and evolve.

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