Nature Abhors a Vacuum Series: “Pregnant Thought” (cement, resin, fiber, tennis balls, bronze coat, patinas) Detail.
Artist Statement: “ I am a user-up of discarded things. I do a lot of mental tilling in this world of throw-aways, and find the vacuum a fitting metaphor for some deep-cleaning of the mind…what’s in the belly-of-the-beast, what are we trying to clean up with this carcass of electricity, can we actually hire someone else to clean up our mess? How many attachments do I need? So bring me your tired, your poor, your broken vacuums yearning to be free.” NFS
The Vessel Series: “Abundance” (cement, metal, glass, bronze coat, patinas, resin, water) NFS
Artist Statement: “Perceived scarcity seems to fuel many of the imbalances of this world, creating an unlevel playing field. With strategy instead of force, we can be competitive yet not unkind, determined but not angry. We can have victories without victims. The water element is a reminder to myself to be the nourishing rain whenever possible, washing away that perceived scarcity wherever I find it, and leveling the playing field.”
The Obelisk Series: “The Ones in the Living Room”, in progress (fiber, cement, wood, resin, sand )
Artist Statement: “The Obelisk Series is an on-going exploration of our biases, our silent assumptions, and the profound dualities in our lives…intimacy and separation, growth and decay, self and world, shelter and exposure, the kiss and the kick, the loud cheering-on of a favorite team on tv while there are elephants sitting silently beside us. These works incorporate my quiet affection for the power of word-images and their ability to help us see with new eyes.”
Why I Am Participating in ACW…
…Because without art, and those who support it, history would be written on water. And sometimes dirty water at that. As I help write a few pages of history with the raw materials available to me, Art to Change the World is an opportunity to participate more fully in my world…and to shape the forces that are creating it.
…Because for those around us and coming after us, sorry is nothing without change. This is a time in history when creative thinking can be, must be masterfully productive in our prime contributions to humanity.
…Because in a life that barely separates itself from the art it creates, I am singularly uninterested in the visual equivalent of mashed potatoes. Or in the mundane act of living an unexamined life. There is muscle in imagination. I’m betting that the combined creativity in ACW has enough muscle to move mountains.
…Because there is a special satisfaction in creating rather consuming. To do so in the company of some robust creative minds is not to be taken on lightly. It is like catching a rising tide. You know, the one that lifts all boats. Collaboration is a renewable resource that sows hope, surprise, and inspiration. It’s like playing tennis with a better player: it makes me up my game. Or hitting with a partner who expects me to cover my part of the court. Barbara is that trusted beacon summoning us to up our game.
…If you are in my life, you are in my art… and one of the forces that shape it.