Artist Statement – November, 2010
I like to play with forces hidden in plain sight. I have great interest in structural forces that form the world around us. Whether it’s biological, chemical or even astronomical, there exists underlying patterns that that emerge from the interaction of simple physical forces.
The underlying framework of my sculpture rests upon an intuitive understanding of the geometry residing in such things as hexagonal prism structure of beehive, the tetraradial structure of a simple sea-sponge, the gravitational superstructure of galaxy clusters, and even the geometric elegance of soap bubble foam. All of these organizing structures are a result of interaction of the fundamental materials and the physical forces they exert.
When I bend and twist my cable structures, I’m using these same geometric principles. When I force a regular tetrahedron of stainless steel cable through a quartet of cubes, the resulting form is an expression of the spherical geometric structure found in the glass skeletons of zooplankton throughout the ocean, especially the phylum Radiolaria.
I find a strong resonance with these forms. The beauty one sees in my work comes from a deep recognition of these ubiquitous physical forces at play. We are so immersed in these forms and structures that we can’t even see them anymore. I work to remind us of this fundamental beauty that we sometime forget.