The qualities of clay: plasticity, immediacy, the ability to record history, the embodiment of flux, the ability to render motion, the capacity for deep shadow and intricate texture are fascinating. I am involved with conveying "pulse" rather than "idealization." The forms are imbued with a sense of spirit and animation. These sculptures are unique, not multiples; each is formed by hand, individually, not cast. Hand building enables development of deep crevices and shadows not available with a cast form. Layer upon layer of texture creates a history and transparency within a dense opaque medium and surfaces highly responsive to light. The scale is large, personable, but not monumental. The columns are installed in groups: colonnades, clusters, pairs, surrounds, or other site influenced configurations. They rise up from the ground, the same ground on which the viewer stands, and through proximity and scale, the viewer becomes part of the assembled. This work does not share the Renaissance assumption "man is the measure of all things", rather it evolves from the idea "the individual is a part of a larger entity". This work is to affect the viewer viscerally; it is not meant to be an intellectual discourse.
Notes on Installation of the Sculptures
Interior installation of the columns, spires and spirals require a