"I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link, and yard by yard: I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it."
Charles Dickens, Christmas Ghost Stories
These words still resonate with ill-fated clarity, spanning generations and cultures to encompass an elemental truth about human nature. We need look no further than ourselves to find those responsible for creating the chains (real or imagined) that confine, bind and shackle us.
My new clay sculptures represent the self-imposed chains of ideology, patriotism, religion, love and hate. By bearing the yoke of these chains, we forfeit freedom and are ultimately bound together with our nemesis.