My work serves as a documented history of how I see and
transform visual information as I search for meaning. The work provides a refracted mirror and a
window into my soul. The viewer can
experience my explorations into the human condition and it’s cultural
context. I am amused by life’s
complexities and contradictions. The
objects and intuitively created mark a passing of time, a record of every
experience and an imprint of life from my unique perspective. I am fascinated with nature, its mysteries,
spirituality, relationships and inspiring intangibles like love and
beauty. My work attempts to reconcile
the tensions between nature and culture, by distilling, filtering and
transforming personal observations into symbols and multilayered accumulations
of parts that make up the whole. Using
symbols together in one unified format, I am able to create new images which,
in turn, take on new meaning.
I respond to a vast variety of materials and work fluidly to
employ the most appropriate materials for the concept. I am interested in examining contrasting notions
such as: movement vs. stability; illusion vs. reality; formal construction vs.
chaos; function vs. non function; organic vs. geometric; strength vs.
fragility; working together to create a symbolic language of harmony, space and
personal philosophical vision.
The wall reliefs express wonder and excitement of creation
as I attempt to mimic some sense of its beauty.
Questions are raised for the viewer to ponder. What makes nature so glorious and
mysterious? What causes chemistry between
some people and not others? The sky is magnificent with its great expanses and
bursts of light. By contrast, the subtle glow of energy felt by holding hands
is quite different from a lightning bolt generated from the sky, and
water rushing out of a stainless steel opening, expressing the rush and
wave of power and chemistry between two hands.
I wanted the sky in “ Mysterious Galaxy” to open up the
imagination and point to the lusciousness of nature. I believe there is a veil into unknown
worlds that cannot be seen with our eyes but with our imaginations. I wanted a variety of small details in nature
to be contrasted with the enormous galaxies at sunset which, to me, is the most
inspirational time of day.
The Delicious Consumption Series symbolically ponders our
use of energy. Our Society and
particularly West Virginia, depends upon coal for energy. We rapidly consume it as if it were
delicious candy. We have been told that
coal can be green or environmentally conscious, but is this true? By juxtaposing the carved wood and gold or
silver leafed candy wrapper and the cast resin coal, mass produced, suggests to
the viewer that we do consume coal at a rapid pace. Coal=energy, candy=energy, it’s an insatiable
desire. However, is candy real food? Are
there alternatives? Should we not seek more alternative fuels instead, or will
greed consume us? Will we remain
“EVER-GREEN”? What is the cost of
addiction? What is the cost in lives for the extraction of coal? I do not take sides on the issue, but pose
questions visually, to encourage the viewer to consider their own viewpoints on