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Most of my present work begins with finding interesting shapes in natural wood. Certain pieces of wood seem to beg association with other shapes. Trying different combinations, I assemble wood pieces until I see a structure with negative spaces that pleases me. Sometimes these structures work well enough by themselves. Others require working-in other materials in the negative spaces to emphasize certain shapes, add structural strength, extend the original form, and create tensions and suggested movement.
SYMBIOSIS explores the relationship between metal and wood. The wood is the foundation that anchors the final form. The copper sheet takes its cues from the wood shape, supporting, adding structure, and suggesting movement.
DAUBER'S HAVEN explores house making techniques of wattle and daub. Steel mesh covered with a clay and pulp mixture allow for flowing forms within the wood structure.