I've been involved in sculpture since 1986 when I found a chunk of Alabaster that was heading for the trash and started to explore the technique and textures possible in such soft stone. A hammer, screwdriver and a wood rasp were my first tools. I was hooked. The hardness of stone is so alluring to me; I like how something so hard and cold can be made to look so soft and warm. More recently I have been exploring wood as a material well suited for the "soul boxes" I am so enamoured with. The idea that what you see on the outside doesn't always jive with what is inside a person is a theme I can see revisiting time and time again. The wonderful part of these first two sculptures is that the narrative can be changed by what is put inside the box. What is put inside them also reflects on the personal story of those who own them.
This photo was sent in by Diane Illanes of Boulder. She "collaborated" on a season appropriate dress for my sculpture "Transfixtion". It resides in Boulder on 9th and Evergreen, in the traffic circle. Thanks Diane, I love it!
reverse side of Undaunted and Secret Burden
reverse of Grace
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