stained wood wall lath
12 ft. x 5 ft. x 3 ft.
A Place To Dwell, Sculpture Center
This was a meditative “project piece” that provided an opportunity to lose myself in design. I had no idea how it would evolve, only that I wanted it to reproduce filtered light.
By stacking and layering recycled wood wall lathe, I hoped to create the desired effect. While it was my intent to keep the materials rough and natural, I found I could create the illusion of a “polished” surface by using linear and geometric shapes. I joined the lathe face to face to make individual panels and slotted them together to create a standing installation through which light could filter naturally, much like a thick forest.
Synthetic hair, electrical conduit
7 ft. x 11 ft. x 4 ft.
“Generation” is perhaps my most “metaphoric” piece in that I have incorporated so many of the themes that most inspire me. The sculpture explores the transformative role of “learning” throughout our lives. The medium is synthetic hair wrapped and braided around electrical conduit that I formed into a series of loops, rhythmically rising and falling as through life’s experience. I’ve used the conduit to represent the connections between people and their generations, with the length and color of hair changing with age. Because we all have the potential to learn from one another’s mistakes as well as successes, the conduit serves to transport the thoughts and ideas that produce “waves” of change; with time, these in turn gather force affecting young and old without regard or discrimination. Only by keeping the conduit open and connected over the generations may we pass on our heritage, its traditions and the intelligence that accumulates.
Driftwood clay and soil
Installation 12 ft. x 22 ft. x 9 ft.
The Amendment Earthworks Project: Here in Cleveland, nature will incorporate 3,000 toxic acres of vacant post-industrial space back into the eco-system. Most often these desecrated second-hand spaces are in urban communities. The Amendment Projects are small-scale earthworks that will help nature restore healthy habitats. Sculptural objects made of nutrient rich materials will amend soil deficiencies, as they’re absorbed by the landscape.
Goals and Community Impact: At face-value the amendment project is a beautification project, but it is also guerrilla gardening. The sculptural works exhibited will transform toxic ground into a healthier habitat, preparing the soil for anyone that would like to use it to grow food crops. The Amendment project’s goals are to create works that affect environmental change, to use art and exhibition to confront the degradation of urban land and community. To encourage the public to think critically about the environmental challenges facing our urban eco-systems and reinforce the connections between the environment and our daily lives.
Driftwood clay and soil
5 ft. x 3 ft. x 4 ft.