The focus of much of my work in fabricated and cast bronze sculpture is about the way in which we have increasingly come to view ourselves as separate from the natural world. It investigates the relationship of instinct, imagination and normative thought, as well as our tendency to live increasingly in our minds, disconnected from our bodies and from nature.
In the past I have expressed these ideas through Surrealist-inspired kinetic pieces that juxtapose the human form and machinery, as well as through work that speaks more directly to the pride and power of nature, while its vulnerability is left undisguised.
The inspiration for my most recent work, fabricated primarily from bronze and stainless steel sheet, comes from discarded fragments of Industrial Era machinery that lie disintegrating on a stretch of Kauai’s North Shore. Iron cogs that powered nations, transformed into benign treasures, their original intent lost to the rock, sun and sea.
As I touched the skeleton of a gear embedded in lava, I wondered what fossils of the hardware that stores and processes data in
this Age will be left for us someday to discover. Insubstantial bits of plastic and circuitry would not take as many decades to succumb. So maybe nothing. But while walking the
shores of the San Francisco Bay I envision symbolic future relics of the Information Age, and the forms I see are not insubstantial. Over the past few years I have been translating some of these forms into metal.