A surface is nothing more nor less than the relation between two things. Two bodies touch each other. The surface is the relationship of one to the other. If the surface be regarded as a medium lying between bodies, then it will have no weight, but be a powerful means of transmitting vibrations. (From the book,Tertium organum by P. D. Ouspensky)
Art inspires me to explore how we are connected, the energy/vibrations we pass back and forth. What I return to are old images, faces, and poetry I’ve written - with the influence of icons and symbols (that other-worldly look).
I feel like things want to fall into place, to be what they are supposed to be, but sometimes things in life get in the way, I get distracted. For 40+ years I’ve been collecting thoughts, ideas, images, bits and pieces of art and writing and right now I am watching these bits and pieces converge. I don’t have control over it, they are falling into place and my job is to let them.
I get an image in my mind usually at night before I go to sleep (sometimes while I am asleep) and the next day I create these images in metal and enamel, sometimes they come out like I pictured it, sometimes they take on a life of their own. I start putting pieces together, like a jigsaw puzzle, not really consciously thinking about it – I feel which pieces go together, which colors to use and keep working on it until it feels right. I combine all my senses and create a whole picture that when finished takes my breath away, not because I made it but because it touches something deep within me, reminds me of something; a stillness, an exhilaration.
I cut pieces of copper, or silver, or steel and fit the pieces together. The pieces touch, creating new surfaces, sometimes they overlap or are crumpled or folded. I enamel the pieces with vitreous enamel that is fused to the metal with my kiln or hand-held torch. Sometimes I use stencils that I have hand-cut from copper with my jeweler’s saw. Sometimes I embed mesh or wire or crystals into the enamel. Sometimes I fire graphite designs into the enamel. And my most favorite thing to do is to incorporate my old writings into the work, either stamping letters or by using the sgraffito technique or etching or painting the words on with liquid enamels.
What you will find in common in almost every piece I make is the element of time or timelessness; where the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously, where everything is connected. Where you can feel the vibrations of surfaces touching.