"The Path" is a series of three sculptures that represent my interpretation of a spiritual voyage.
The first sculpture is "Embrace". When we are able to embrace our past experiences, we can find the wisdom to propel life forward. We must enfold life's lessons.
The second sculpture is "Empower". This represents the moment when we are asked to bare witness to our dreams. We will be empowered by our struggles and our accomplishments.
Lastly we come to the final sculpture called "Emerge" . The past and present will lead us to the future of infinite possibilities. To be enlightened and free of all those things that once held us captive.
The lower portion of the sculpture resembles a tree trunk to project the idea that we as human beings are rooted in the earth and our nurturance comes from that relationship. I use sand casting to mold the concrete. This technique resonates with me, since this element is the basis of our origin. Molding all of us.
Embrace 108" x 38"
Empower 108" x 70"
Emerge 108" x 82"
The genesis of “Manhole” forges my construction past and my medium to produce a piece of art that is a reflection of the organic qualities of concrete brought to a surprising level of sophistication. “Manhole” has an undercurrent of deep concern for our environment. The smooth surface of the concrete belies the corrosive erosion hidden from view. The glass is representative of pristine waters being compromised beyond repair. The element of illumination casts an ethereal glow. The inconvenient truth is that our infrastructures are failing and we are heedlessly dumping toxins in our waterways. Astonishingly, the number of people around the world dying from untreated waste is near the number of people killed in all major wars combined.
"Manhole" 24" dia x 28" high
Bench with cast iron drain
I was curious about the ancient technique of sand casting. I felt this method of forming concrete would lend an organic element to my work, as I began exploring abstract sculptures, inspired by my fascination with trees. Incorporating recycled steel in my pieces yields a post industrial edge.
The whimsical "Parasol" represents my exploration of different molding techniques.
“Morality” was inspired by our adventures morel hunting in Michigan. It has a concrete cap supported with a recycled 3” steel pipe.
Petrified 170" x 90"
Parasol 80" x 60" dia
Morality 56" x 24"
This abstract form expresses elegant movement and delicate human connection. The figures are made from copper rod and the base is black walnut.
The bowl on the right is a combination of concrete and stainless steel. I introduced a dry pigment between layers as it was cast.
"Column" is my further exploration of manupulating the pigment within the mold.
"Stalk" is my first foray into sand casting. It showcases raised stalks and stainless steel spheres.