Statement
Drawings and sculptures of topographic surfaces.

DRAWINGS
These drawings evoke tactile sensation and fluidity. The flows, folds, ripples and crosscurrents build up, suggesting what is common to water currents, geologic change, biological development and the wind made visible.

Time also flows, at times seeming to drag or surge, so I began to record the date, hour and minute at the start and end of each line. This record of how long each line takes to make has evolved into calculations of subtotals for each day, as well as a running total. This can be daunting and that's part of the point. Written numbers build up, forcing the lines to fan out, becoming part of the texture, radically affecting how the drawings look.

As in science recording observations can alter results.

SCULPTURE
Much of my sculpture developed from an attraction to moiré patterns created by the overlay of 2 grids that are slightly askew. Changing light and angle of view can result in a hovering three dimensional effect.

I discovered this in New York City, near Tompkins Square Park, where I would often walk my dog in the pre dawn hours. My attention to peripheral vision was heightened by awareness of possible danger lurking in the darkness. Frequently I would perceive motion out of the corner of my eye, but when I stopped to look directly, nothing would be there, as if someone had disappeared into the shadows. This peripheral phenomenon seemed to vibrate and visually hover about a foot or two in front of the park fences. Unnerved until I realized that I had seen shifting moiré patterns caused by my quick pace beside two parallel chain link fences.

My reaction to this phenomenon grew from fear to relief and then from understanding to fascination.

FOLDING SCULPTURE
Traditional Japanese screens sometimes depict people, animals or moving water that seem to gaze, leap or flow through the real spaces between angled panels: violating the frame.

My response was to build a cross between folding screens and pop-up books, playing on permeability, embeddedness and context. When constructing them, I installed the three dimensional elements into the folding screens with the screens in the open position. I expected the surface to be crushed when folded and to pop back up looking crumpled, surprisingly, they swell back up uncrushed.

CHAIN LINK

In parks permanent curves are formed where people have habitually leaned into the fences for support while watching sports or just hanging out. This generally registers as damage but I see it as beautiful. There is a visceral quality in the way the fence echoes the contours of the human body.

Chain link fences signify exclusion or confinement. I’ve been constructing models using small scale spiral mesh that looks like chain link fence. My objective is to make full scale walk-in sculptures that address emotional reactions to this austere material. Responses associated with both prisons and playgrounds emerge. The inner flexed structures are meant to evoke shifting clouds or organic growth. In parks permanent curves are formed where people have habitually leaned into the fences for support while watching sports or just hanging out. This generally registers as damage but I see it as beautiful. There is a visceral quality in the way the fence echoes the contours of the human body.


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