I am a ceramic sculptor and artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. My mother came to this country in the early 1970s from China; my father was born and raised in Ohio to Russian and Irish immigrant parents. Beyond initial appearances, the layers of my parents' past and present histories are extremely overwhelming and complicated a history of conflict that I inherited and is a perpetual source for my work. I capture this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe and beautify our lives. Trained in ceramics, I work with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional womens work, such as fabric, embroidery, and floral patterns, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, identity and personal history.