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Giving voice to the human experience is my primary goal as a sculptor. These expressionistic portraits and drawings seek to convey spiritual and psychological tension through the gestural qualities of the clay and steel. The heroic choices of people, the universality of our experiences and the timelessness of our struggles throughout history are compelling.
"When I spoke of Peace They Were...
"When I spoke of peace they were for war..." The title of this portrait comes from the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms. Fired clay and steel H:65"
Song of Ascents
These sculptures were inspired by the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms. The passionate expressions of life's journey seem to balance the disquiet depicted in the earlier works such as the Job series and in "Lamentation".
In the last 7 yrs I've worked with the figure in three-dimensional scenarios suggesting mythic stories emerging from a dreamlike stream of consciousness. I decided to keep the figures small in size to be able to evoke a sense of monumentality, to pull the mind's eye into these "small worlds". As I've always done in making my art I rely on the processes in clay work to facilitate the development of ideas.
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Mariandale Conference Center
Job Series: These six columns were one of three sculptural installations that I installed at the Mariandale Conference Center, Ossining N.Y. during the "All Fired Up Ceramic Celebration" in 2008.
"What Strength Have I..."
"Job Series" -six columns installed at the Mariandale Conference Center, Ossining N.Y. 2008. title: Job 6:12 Fired clay and forged steel,blue stone bases
This series of sculptures is titled: "Age of Disquiet". It came about during the tumult of the 9/11terrorist attacks.
"Relieve the Troubles of My Heart...
Psalm 25v:7 Ceramic and Steel
Job series: Yellow Figure
The repetitive actions of forming and the mysteries of firing clay help me find a way into more complex narratives. The object or "sculpture" is a result or by-product of these investigations and actions. This work reaffirms my deep affinity to clay and its history as well as developing rich new connections to the history of painting, sculpture and architecture.
Job Series: Reclining Figure
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