My Kiln Casting practice is greatly inspired by nature and the patterns of connections between the natural and human worlds. In particular, I am curious about the ways humanity attempts to set itself apart from the natural world, and the ways animal, plant, and marine life recognize no such division. I attempt to highlight the inextricability of the human and natural worlds by juxtaposing elements of each within a single arrangement. These surreal compositions are intended to be unsettling to the viewer. My process applies the surrealist method of automatism and draws from the imagination, and in this way, I try to achieve a free exploration of form. By engaging the subconscious in this way, I attempt to force an encounter between the unexpected and the familiar.