My sculptures are inspired by my love of machinery. I am particularly interested in shapes that are dictated by function and then modified to incorporate traditional esthetics.
Early designs of machinery were plain and strictly functional, but by the mid 1800's, designers started looking to the past. They began using Gothic arches and Greek columns for support members. Even engine houses were designed with cathedrals in mind.
I work in both cast and fabricated metal. Many of my materials are obtained from scrap yards or have been discarded. The reason for using scrap is both practical and philosophical. I appreciate the societal need to recycle materials, but I am also fascinated with the re-contextualizing of discarded objects, and in the new life they assume.
We live in a world of mass production. Objects, which would have in generations past been revered as miracles, are merely thrown away when their intended purpose no longer suits us.
It is my desire to hold on to that sense of wonder for these artifacts that we give so little thought to. It is my hope that the viewer will see in these new forms, some small part of my fascination with the industrial age and the beauty of it's over-looked forms.