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.
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.
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.