In the development, fabrication, and installation of my public artwork, I seek out ways to work collaboratively with a broad range of individuals, including students and community volunteers. My British, post-Bauhaus, art-industrial training has shaped the way I think and work – So I’m an artist, craftsperson and designer who loves to partner with skilled engineers, architects, and fabricators. That way products emerge that far outshine any result I might reach alone. “Between Infinite Stars…” for the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation is a good example of this.
My most recent public art commission, “Seeds Of Light” was a community art project for the Town Of Speedway. Over 45 local volunteers, including the high school kids whose foreign exchange programs the piece celebrates, engaged in the project. They spent over 500 hours fabricating parts especially designed for non-skilled helpers. As an embedded artist in Speedway’s Town Offices I included leaders and members of the community in problem solving, making, and logistics for the artwork. Subsequently, their ownership and pride in the town’s first public sculpture was profound.
My studio or gallery artwork such as the “Aperio” or “Li” series is informed by my love of rivers, and a personal dialogue with nature. I use materials as metaphors, such as driftwood for things earthly, or gold leaf for the etherial, and I like to express the beauty of broken-ness and decay. Recently, in pieces like “Legato Con Amore”, I have been exploring the use of engraved “floating” poetry and imagined conversations. These works nod to art historical European glass traditions and engage the viewer in deciphering decorative text on the juxtaposed faces of intertwined, transparent forms.