I strive to make my sculptures intriguing static piece that, when set in motion, become captivating. I find motion can create tensions and harmonies, drawing a viewer further into the work. It invites the viewer to participate and interact with the piece. I try to make my work an oasis within a hectic world. Life can be too serious; we all need those things that let us retreat from it.
I am inspired by subtle life experiences. Often, I’m not even sure where my inspiration comes from. When I’m working, my thoughts run like a slide show of partial pictures: a glimpse of a machine, a flash of an interesting shape, and an image of abstract motion. I try to grab these images as they come to combine and arrange them into a sculpture of steel and motion.
I think of my sculptures as studies in line, shape, color, and- most importantly- motion. Starting with lengths of wire, stainless steel rods, and found metal, I bend, weld, bolt and screw my materials into the framework for a sculpture. I then add a lift system that is visually suited to the framework. I start at the top of the sculpture and work my way to the bottom, creating vingettes of movement as I go. If a certain section doesn’t work either technically or artistically, I keep reworking that section until it does. I find the biggest challenge with my work is to blend technical structure with artistic needs. At times I spend hours just staring and thinking in order to arrive at the right mix of physics and aesthetics.