My body of sculptural work is a synthesis of two major ideas with which I have worked for many years, intimate forms found in nature and human-made systems. Clay, due to its plasticity and affinity to render fine detail, is the foundation of my aesthetic vocabulary. I also incorporate other mediums and processes such as sewing, steel welding, painting and drawing much in the obsessive spirit of artists like Lee Bontecou, Tom Friedman, Tara Donovan and Yayoi Kusama.
One source which greatly informs my work, is architectonics, specifically systems found in nature. I've given considerable study to coral reefs, wasp nests, termite mounds, birds' nests and other similar structures. My working methods often share many of the means and processes by which these systems are formed, especially in their simple, incremental and repetitive manner of construction. My source subject matter also relates to human art, engineering and architecture that was developed in prehistory calling to mind Neolithic settlements, ring forts, and burial mounds. Diligent studies in anthropology and primitive mythology have also enriched my visual thinking, particularly the work of Joseph Campbell and Marija Gimbutas.
Although it may not be readily apparent to the viewer, my work is further informed by an intense passion for and continuing study of music. As a composer and performer on clarinet and guitar, I'm greatly interested in correlations between visual arts and the mathematical constructs of music. My future investigations in art will undoubtedly follow this thread of sculptural form based on musical composition.
In conclusion, I hope my work provokes a dialogue on the clash between human civilization and the natural world. Today I see little reverence for natural forms and a rampant impulse to harness and dominate nature rather than collaborating with it. I believe it's vital to our survival and evolution as a species to be conscious of the inevitable flowering and decay of civilizations and the constant renewal of the earth's landscape and life forms through deep time.