My work is a way of re-shaping the everyday objects
in the world into another perhaps unexpected experience.
I am basically a collector and translator of symbols.
In the transformative process of making objects, I am
constantly opening myself to deeper learning, striving
to lift the veils of the physical world and enter the
realm of the spirit. I am interested in the fundamental
mystery, in drawing connections between disparate objects
and elucidating relationships between similar materials.
For instance, how can thread be used to represent purling
water? Or what is the relationship between a canopy
of islands floating overhead to islands rising up from
the depth of the ocean floor? Or how is the smallest
nuclear particle similar to a far off galaxy?
I think about the fleeting, ephemeral nature of a butterfly
and the seeming solidity of a chunk of mica as if it
is an equation. What can you add or subtract to come
up with a new possibility? I like the idea of illuminating
the world around us, as if I have a flashlight sending
out a beam onto one pinpoint.
And hopefully, that beam will radiate out, shape-shift
again and again and join with another source of light.
The conscious experiencing of ourselves, our lives and
work is known as witnessing. In the making of art we
are fine-tuning the sensual media we are all born with.
All searching for illumination, for the irresistible
entanglement of every creative endeavor seems to me
to be a longing for a deeper, mystical union.