Much of my work begins as personal memory, experience, or narrative from my life. Many of these memories are expressed through the use of archetypal forms, hammers, paddles, cabinets, and houses, to name a few. My goal is not to convey my memory, it is to make an evocative object. I seek to make the viewer look at a recognizable form as if for the first time. To have the viewer use the knowledge and life experience they bring with them to create a new meaning or their own personal narrative that goes along with the object they are seeing. Many of the objects are tools. As I was exploring the world of objects I began to see a correlation of how my two year old son uses his toys to experience the world, and how I use my tools. My son uses a ball, for example, to learn about gravity and other basic laws of physics. I use my tools to examine personal emotions and memories. Substance theory states that a substance, or in this case an object, is distinct from its properties. A thing-in-itself is a property-bearer that must be distinguished from the properties it bears. I seek to incorporate the memories and emotions I bring into the pieces I create, not for the purpose of conveying a narrative, but to create and evoke something in the viewer. I want the viewer to be drawn in and wonder about what they are seeing. The archetypal objects have been altered in a way that has not removed function but has severely altered it. This causes the viewer to engage with a recognizable form in a different way. The objects now become more than the properties they bear.