Much of my practice involves collecting and preparing wood from local trees. When I began my Core Series, the material came from friends who had cut trees and offered me the wood. Now I have over 100 trees, many of which I planted or started from seed. Most require careful and regular pruning. Recently I was forced to take down a sugar maple that was dropping massive branches and rotting from the inside out. This provided much of the material used to make “Red Fence.” The scroll form in the piece was made with wood saved after pruning pear trees some years ago. I’d like to think that my work functions like poetry, except it uses forms instead of words to evoke thoughts and feelings that lie deep and barely realized.
My Attractors Series takes the fishing fly as a paradigm object and portray strange, insect-like creatures. They play homage to the incredible diversity of insect life, which we typically regard as an inconvenience at best. While their kind is said to represent 90 percent of the diversity of life on our planet, our kind typically ignores them. They embody my appreciation of the small things in life and in art.
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