A R T I S T G A L L E R Y
686 Massachusetts Avenue,
Studio 404, Cambridge, MA 02139
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I think of myself as a maker. I am a materialist, i.e. my inspiration comes from the materials with which I work which are primarily wood, sometimes bird or fish bones, and the human body. My inspiration comes from gestures or a piece of wood and I want to do something with them. Supposedly, Rauschenberg (at least the statement was attributed to him) said about making art: “Do something to it. Do something else to it.” I’ve always found the first part easy and the second part almost impossible.
In drawing, I am enthralled by line, seeking maximum expressiveness with the minimum of marks. In that way, I could be called a minimalist, although I don’t think my work has much connection with the historic movement of Minimalism. With the wood, it’s the structure which intrigues me and I am always working at the relationships between parts, as in my balance pieces which are held together by the relation of one part to the other without any glue, dowel, or other form of attachment. I read that Pascal said,”It is not the elements which are new, but the order of their arrangements.” I work with very traditional materials which have been part of art making since the Venus of Willendorf, the cave paintings, indigenous people’s carvings. My tools are simple: brush, nozzle, knife, chisel. Most of what I make I don’t think of as art. But once in a very infrequent while, something works. I can’t make it happen; there is no formula for it. I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it. Maybe it’s when the “order of their arrangements” catches life and I have brought a new thing into the world.
Central to my project as a sculptor is rescuing things in nature which would be destroyed,
recycling and transforming them. I don’t destroy any trees to get the wood, nor do I buy wood from lumber yards. Wherever I go, I collect wood from as disparate sites as California, South Dakota, Florida, Virginia and Montana, the latter two were artists’ colonies where I had residencies. Knowing about my project, persons often give me pieces of wood they have found and ask me to shape something from them. In making my sculptures, I try to stay as close as possible to the natural forms I find, while altering them in terms of combination and structure.
How my work reflects who I am, I’m not sure. I’m a very physical person: I walk fast, rarely sit still, am a dancer. Perhaps the dancer part is what loves gesture and wants to capture it or searches, even in the solidity of wood, for the line that moves.
I have had eight solo shows, five two-person shows, and been part of numerous juried/invitational group exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and outdoor installations. I am a member of the New England Sculptors Association and the Studios Without Walls.
You can contact me at email@example.com or 781-736-2145.