My work celebrates the specific details of the world around us. I hope that presenting bits of the environment out of their normal content might cause us to pause and really look at something that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The world is packed with information. The pattern on the surface of a deer stomach says something about the food it eats, the piling-up of sedges on the beach reflects the distributional force of water, the relative positioning of the stars gives clues to the ordering of the cosmos.
The pots are hand built using the coil method, polished with a stone and fired over a campfire in a 5-gallon can with sawdust or cow dung. A simple technology that can be done almost anywhere using a minimum of resources.
The materials incorporated onto the pots after they have been fired have all been found dead – hit by cars, washed-up on the beach, brought in by the cat – or they are by-products of the foods we eat, usually thrown away. I’m not focusing on death, I’m trying to hold-onto the beauty of life.
The castings can be thought of as 3-dimensional photographs. I make a mold using silicone caulking and from that make a casting out of cement or other hardware store materials.
I am particularly interested in patterns of accumulation and disintegration.
The paint I use is egg yolk mixed with different colors of dirt. The paintings are made from detailed drawings where I’ve tried to record the relative positions of the stars as accurately as possible. The inclusion of planets establishes the concept of time.
I am presently discovering the possibilities of oil paint.