Human, plant, and animal remains bridge present and past and inform the living about life and death.
Materials used for construction are transformed in this series into small paintings that confirm our grounding in the mundane.
Textual language is privileged in western culture. language is translated, interpreted, and misinterpreted. Reflective of this process, recycled paper is codified as a misinterpretation that becomes “canonized.”
Wood crisscrossing in space echoes random angles of trees in the wild and supports a nest as a clearing in the forest makes space for a home.
A sliver of wood left over from smoothing a primary piece seemed to want to curl. It curled naturally into three concentric circles. What I find most interesting are the shadows the curled wood casts.
WATER FROM THE ROCK
According to Sufi tradition, water satisfies thirst, both physical thirst and thirst for gnosis. at the center of the cosmos is the energy of god, the flowing light of the luminous fountain, the watery fire that is fiery water. Blown glass, water, and light in this piece suggest divine water and light.
AS IT WAS WRITTEN
An emotive response to a difficult situation took the form of writing on paper with torn vellum overlays.
Paper folds lay evenly side by side when unaffected by a stitch. A stitch indicates a voice or an action. When a voice or action alters one area, another needs to be corrected so that the folds fall evenly again.
Bypass is about figuring a way around an obstacle in order to stay on course, reach your destination, achieve your goal.
THE WORK PRECEDES ME
The meaning of this piece is yet to be revealed.
Shapes and orifices in this piece suggest cedar trees, pinion tree branches, landscapes from distances and close up.
Taboos related to hair abound in western culture. Hair can be interpreted as a sign of strength or beauty, is used to denote sacred practice, and is considered to be immodest and/or unclean. This piece speaks to the taboo against braiding the hair, indicating a lack of modesty.
Blown glass threads woven together in a mesh of copper and aluminum wire suggest sparks of mystical light emanating from a central core.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by the United Nations in 1948 giving equal rights to all human beings without prejudice. Though the document was intended to apply to all people, it is a skewed by the perspectives of the people who wrote it. Groups are not included and ideas we see as mainstream today were not yet discussed except among adherents. Therefore, the UDHR falls short of its intention to grant full human rights to all people. My sculpture book shows scarring that was required to be bared by former slaves before their testimonials would be taken seriously.
Filaments of molten glass solidify in motion creating a flying effect. Substances that are able to change forms fascinate me. This piece is “trapped” in its liquid form.
Glass differs from piece to piece, foundry to foundry. overlaid and heated to high temperatures, it melds together. often tenuously. This shattered piece, with its fragile connections, describes humanity as I understand it.
VEILED AND UNVEILED
Transparency and translucency interest me. Working with vellum offers the chance to play with translucency, to make it opaque and to make it transparent.