Monuments to the Might Have Been

Buddha of the Bay

2019, Unglazed Terracotta

Inspired by a 12th century Buddha from the Kingdom of Angkor in the Asian Art Museum, I imagined what a Buddha from San Francisco Bay would have looked like. Naturally, he would have been protected from the cold fog by cuddly sea lions!

Nuwa Makes People

2019, Terracotta

Legend has it that dragon-goddess, Nuwa, decided to make humans. Unfortunatly, the first batch wasn’t so good, they were too floppy and couldn’t stand up on their own. So she washed her little clay people away with some water, and started again. For the second batch, she used twigs and little bits of straw to firm up the people she made, so they could stand up and walk on their own.

Triumph of the Light

2019, Unglazed Terracotta

Inspired by an an empty plinth in a forgotten park on top of a hill in San Francisco, The Triumph of the Light updates the concept of the original sculpture. Bringing light to the battlefield where capitalism has consumed itself, the female figure calls forth a new era.

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Linking the Coasts, Finally

2019, Unglazed Terracotta

What if the Transcontinental Mail service started much earlier, with trained pigs bringing messages and small trinkets from station to station across the North American continent? This monument celebrates the people and pigs who dedicated their lives to facilitating early communication.

The Invention of the Meatball

2019, Glazed Ceramic

In my estimation, one of the most important American culinary inventions was the meatball. They are divine - they are delicious, regardless of cuisine, type of meat or fish, and they transform simple ingredients to something sublime. This sculpture celebrates the inventive grannies who turn the mediocre into the sublime.