Early in my career the 'downtown' experience inspired
deconstructivist methods for creating art. People
were using found objects and other non-traditional
materials in their work, tearing things apart and
reconstructing them, processes that harmonized with
the reality of the Cass Corridor in the 60s and 70s,
and in fact still does today. This period had a profound
influence on my approach to art that is particularly
apparent in my sculptural work.
I began to investigate the influence of our surroundings on our daily lives in my work. I still spend a lot of time shifting between reality and abstraction looking for 'missing links' to expand this allegorical construct of conjoined figure/environment/abstraction.
For my sculptures, I use positive cuts for the figure
(a silhouette representing Man) and negative cuts
to express architecture (environmental space and its
baggage). Welded metal works for this, takes me physically
and spatially into the metaphor ... making different objects connect ... that's why I like welding. There's also a specific kind of permanency that comes with the way welded steel withstands the elements, giving extended life to the work.
Painting is about the edges, surface, content and theory. It's like a reflection of one's soul. A good painting will hold your attention for some mysterious reason. I keep painting for more than enjoyment. It's my way of seeing. It's my life.
Purity is only relevant to the environment in which it exists.