My ongoing interest in nature and the world that surrounds
us is forever evolving. I constantly find new inspiration in the discovery of
intricate details in the environment that most people often pass by or take for
granted. The similarities, differences, and relationships that man shares with
nature intrigues me. I create art by dissecting natural elements and putting
them back together in ways that challenge how the viewer expects to see them.
This piece explores questions of life in both living and
deceased states. My connection to this piece is especially strong because I am
utilizing debris collected after Hurricane Sandy hit my hometown in northern
New Jersey. The opportunity to work with a piece of nature that I have had
personal relationship to all my life was extremely exciting. This structure
puts a positive spin on an event that affected so many people negatively.
For this project I really wanted to try a different way of working with clay and glaze. I decided to pour puddles of both slip (liquid clay) and glaze and allow them to dry. Once they were completely dry, I layered the clay, glass beads and glaze all together on top of sand and fired it just like that. I am really influenced by the textures of earth and space and in this project I am using these materials to make abstract things hint at certain natural conditions.
In a state of meditation, a person has the ability to
concentrate on specific senses in order to improve awareness of their
surroundings. If you limited how much you could see and hear, you would then be
able to deliberately concentrate on those limitations.
in Introspection revolves around this idea and invites an
individual to the center to experience this sensation. The dome resembles a
closed space where the individual’s mind can be alone and the pipes are
extensions of the mind reaching out into the surroundings.
I think of my sculpture as an object deeply grounded in human nature and the cycle of life. The shape of a pentagon has always been regarded as a mystical and mythological number making many references to nature. Think about how just the number 5 relates to one’s body. It is also related to the five stages of life; birth, adolescence, coitus, parenthood, and death. The continuous lines of these interconnected pentagons are used to evoke the making of the world and it’s many continuous cycles. Placed in an outdoor setting this sculpture is also shown returning to the nature it was created from.
As a society we try to dissociate ourselves from nature.
We tear it down, put up walls, and trim it to tailored skeletons of something
that used to be wild. At times the closest we have to a forest is a single tree
in our backyard. We forget so easily all the benefits received from nature.
With this piece I wanted to make the viewer see what
they’re missing out on in nature. This is not a bug you can dismiss with the
bottom of your shoe. We shouldn’t need something to hit us back in order for us
to know what we’re doing is wrong. A bug this size is not to be ignored, a lot
like the devastation already done to our planet. We all need to start seeing
the value of nature and maybe it will become easier to see the importance of
preserving the environment.