Take a Moment, 2023
Wood, Steel, Found Sticks, Twine, Copper
12' x 30" x 50"
Take a Moment is meant to facilitate stillness and the act of pausing. It is a moment to reflect and connect with oneself and nature. It is alright to go against the norm of society, and watch the clouds.
The idea for this piece began as I was laying on my back, looking up, doing nothing. Absolutely nothing but being with my breath and my mind. What if everyone could experience this moment of stillness and calmness? What would the world look like if everyone took a moment to reflect-tcelfer instead of react, p a u s e instead of run, connect to themselves and nature. It is okay to stop.
If One Part Is Off, 2023
Hard Maple, Steel, Sand, Stone
76 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches
If One Part Is Off focuses on the congruity in forming a balanced form that speaks in a meditative way both in creating it and as the final piece. During development, every part needed to be intricately lined up or else the sand wouldn't fall directly through the center repeating rings, the 399 individual wood pieces cut at precise angles wouldn't line up, and the linear form would sway. This resembles the push and pull of life and the need to find balance within oneself.
I, as the artist, needed to find that balance prior to even beginning because creating this piece challenged my individual mindset in terms of time, skill, and overall mental composer. Through it all, designing and creating this piece, and many other pieces, is an outlet and personal meditation for myself. It becomes a place where I find my individual center.
Others should use this artwork in their environment to also find their individual center. It is a piece that encourages and inspires self awareness and the importance of balance within.
Pine Wood, Glass, Plant
65 1/2 x 17 x 13 1/4 inches
Consumption stems from an overlooked view on climate change. Society waits for others such as politicians, scientists, and even the media to do something about climate change. This piece represents the core belief that positive change begins with the individual. Those individual decisions then come together as one to create a world impact. If society goes about their day to day lives in ignorance to negativity, in this case the environment, then that negativity will flourish on societies blindness. If we each take a moment, perhaps through meditation or simply pausing in our chaotic world, we can think of our own actions. We can make a positive change through ourselves that that can be the flourishing seed of positive action.
This piece was created with a fallen down pine tree. It was sculpted with only electric and sand tools. It was also treated with 100% natural finishing oil.
Cast Bronze, Maple Wood, Copper, Cement Base
9 x 4 x 4 inches
Laminaria Fountain, 2022
Copper, Stone, Water
26 x 8 x 8 inches
Laminaria Fountain highlights the unique benefits that algae and seaweed do provide and have the potential to provide. This sculpture puts Laminaria seaweed back into it's environment through the fountain water system creating a tranquil environment for the viewer. On the other hand, it is forced to adapt and conform to the space it is viewed in, separated from where it belongs naturally in the waters of the ocean. Over time, as the copper changes from this shined finish to the weathered green tint, we will visually see the stress of it's broken circle. This artwork, especially overtime, puts a unique spotlight on the push and pull between natural resources and human wants and needs.
Around and Between, 2022
10 1/2 x 24 x 4 inches
Around and Between abstractly focuses on the negative space of underground roots. This piece was inspired by found drift wood root that had grown around rocks and sediments around the shoreline of Lake Erie.