Artwork

My recent body of work, Loss & Found explores themes of change and loss.

Loss & Found

This work combines original elements that I create with found objects from my collection. Each item is selected because it speaks to me as a metaphor, providing symbolic content to create a “story”. In order for the narrative to unfold, a conversation is evoked by the way that they are combined. The found objects are drawn from my diverse assortment that is a result of many years spent trolling fleas markets, yard sales and receiving oddities from family and friends. These treasures had past lives and history. I imagine I am giving new life to something overlooked and forgotten. The components I make are fabricated by hand, mostly in metal and are designed to fill in the blanks where needed to express my ideas.

The use of text is also important. The signage provides the observer with some riddles, instructive hints and directions making the viewer a collaborator. The work comes alive with interaction. For example; one can blow, whistle or slide a door to create a reaction that helps tell the story. These works are sensory, requiring participation and discovery.

There are several recirculating narratives that are interwoven throughout the three series that make up Loss & Found.

In Weights and Measures, I ponder the meaning of Artifact and why these items have lost their purpose, but still remain.

In the Sisyphus Rising series, I use only found items to create a linear narrative that calls attention to the irony, gravity and repetition of days unfolding.

The Wish Boxes are an on-going series where I am meditating on how change can be active and passive. My symbol for change is an icon that appears on the fringes or is enlarged with magnification. It mimics how some changes you strive for, while others just appear out of nowhere.

Loss & Found is at once playful and funny as well as melancholic and ironic. I employ vocabulary made of bits and pieces. The narratives are loosely woven to leave space for the observer to make personal connections and reflections. My hope is that this active participation beckons the viewer to be affected by what they see and feel, thus making these stories their own as well.

Sisyphus Rising
The Sisyphus Rising series is solely comprised of found items that are repurposed to create narrative calling attention to the irony, gravity and repetition of days unfolding. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus went from being founder and king of Ephyra to an afterlife eternity of rolling an immense boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down. I find many parallels to my daily life within this myth. I have used what are basically scraps to build these pieces. Things that were screw-ups or castoffs from my jeweler’s bench, flotsam from the beach or nature’s debris, these materials symbolize the detritus we all create and that never really goes away. By peppering these items in the repeating landscape of Sisyphus I share my perspective. When I take the time to look deep into these details it feels humorous and ironic which surprises and calms me. Life has many mundane repeating cycles. Without humor and irony, being alive can feel like pushing that boulder and watching it just roll back down.
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Wish Box Series
The Wish Boxes are an on-going series where I am meditating on how change can be both active and passive. My symbol for change is an icon that appears on the fringes or is enlarged with magnification, mimicking how some changes you can see coming, while others just appear out of nowhere. One essential aspect of the wish boxes is viewer interaction. This interplay is a metaphor for the ripple that becomes a tidal wave. Change must happen and control is limited at best. The story within these pieces is deeply personal. The making is a therapeutic process for me and speaks to coming to grips with personal loss and lack of control while always looking for hope. My goal is to create symbols which illuminate the concept that when one door closes, another door somewhere opens.
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Weights and Measures Series
In the ongoing series Weights and Measures, I ponder the meaning of Artifact and how relics have lost their purpose but still remain. One theme is climate change and the complicated factors around the effects and causes. Some pieces are like a warning, while others are an apology. In Go Lightly the directions read: “exhale” (like a sigh; maybe relief, maybe regret). As the butterfly spins affected by one’s breath it is aimless & stuck- it’s antennae replaced by the hands of a clock. What happens when progress becomes problems? In Gone but not Forgotten I fabricate a plumb bob that interferes with true north. My metaphor for messing with the natural order of things is symbolized by tools of measurement that don’t work right. I think about the inventive ways we measure and plan yet in reality we are skewing normal. The opposing polarity in the plumb bob represents the constant challenge of finding center.
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