2015. 23kt gold prints on woven substrate. Printed, shaped, cut, assembled. 65"H x 19"W x 3"D.
For me, art making is an energetic, but inexplicable, collaboration between matter, intention, and the unknowable. Much of my work is informed by a life-long fascination with marine environments (current and ancient). Within that framework I explore ideas such as degradation, regeneration and transformation, micro- and macro-scapes, density and weightlessness, fragility and endurance. Central to my work is mutability of light and color (radiant energy), fluidity of movement, and the pulse of repeated patterns.
My methods integrate found-object gathering, drawing, printmaking, shaping, and assembling. Malleable, delicate elements (precious metals, soft materials, etc.) are joined with objects of substance (stones, shells, bells, wire, etc.) I like the synergy of linking dissimilar elements and coaxing materials into an unfamiliar setting. I am also drawn to incorporating cast-off articles animated by the energy of their previous use or environment, such as fishing wire tangled by the sea.