The faces of my masks and the gestures of my figures emerge from memories—those passed to me by my ancestors and my own. They are shadowy and I sense them dimly until they appear, recognizable at last, through my working of clay. I am inspired by Yup'ik stories of transformation. My work transforms me, brings me closer to my Granny's ways of knowing and to the Alaskan village life she left as a young woman with my mother.