The Golden Bough was the first in a new series where I am using highly polished reflective material to bring the outside world into the work. This piece was named for Sir James Frazier's book the Golden Bough. It is a compilations of myths and stories of religions around the world. Virgil used a Golden Bough to walk through the underworld.
These columns are my most recent work. These pieces almost rise up from the floor with a reflective quality that mirrors and distorts their surroundings. I am constantly fascinated by how we see the world and how our mind manipulates our individual perception of reality.
The Quantum series began with "Golden Bough". The Quantum series of stainless paintings give a distorted and deconstructed view of the world that is constantly changing and warped. The reflective material brings the outside world into the surface of these sculptures. One of the interesting concepts in Quantum Mechanics is that the very act of observing an experiment changes the results. That is also true with these sculptures. The observation of the sculptures causes a constant change in the mirrored surface.
The opening you see in this scupture reflects a passageway to rebirth. The inspiration comes from the Latin word for Vesica Piscis, which is made by linking two circles together. The almond shaped center of the image is called a mandorla. When Vesica Piscis is viewed horizontally, the mandorla transforms into the birth passage; the universal symbol of the Divine Feminine.
This was almost named "The Ties that Bind". It is a positive statement of the heartfelt connections we make; from lovers past and present, to friends, they all connect and make us beautifully whole.
I have used square tubing in the Jupiter Moons series as a metaphor for the Western concept of seeing: that our eyes see the world as through a window. For this sculpture, each piece of tubing was heated with a torch and hammered to produce the individual warped shapes. These warped windows are a comment on how our minds influence our view of the world with preconceived ideas. The pieces were then etched in acid and then blued to make the gray color and finished with a clear powder coat finish.
The bronze heart is scarred, battered and torn open. It is bandaged together and its luster is gone. It alone does not reflect the outer world, and is self contained, and true to itself.
IO is the largest from the Moons of Jupiter series and IO is the name of the largest Jupiter Moon. The challenge of making a sphere of this size is oddly contrasted with the miniature Jupiter Moons I have been making.
It is a complexe piece that when viewed from afar is very simple and easy to comprehend. When viewed closely the similarities to Duchamp's cubist masterpiece, "Nude Descending a Staircase", are revealed. In a similar fashion Tower reveals motion through deconstructed planes but via the medium of steel instead of paint.
Tumultuous is from the Gravity Series. These sculptures are all about tension caused by the weight of the steel and the appearance of pieces floating. The sculpture looks like it is either floating or in the process of falling to the ground.
The title is a reference to the famous painting by Salvador Dali called, "The Persistence of Memory". This is the painting you will remember as containing melting clocks. Like Dali's painting, the pieces of "Insistence" are also distorted. Dali's painting present a surreal landscape where objects and even time are warped. Everything is recognizable but warped and distorted, much like the view of the world we all have because of our own perceptions.
" L'espirit de Escalier" literally translated means “the spirit of the staircase.” It is a description of the feeling you get after leaving a conversation, when you think of all the things you should have said. This is for me an expression of the often mixed blessings life provides us. We may not always get life right in the moment but there is always a chance to get it right later.