Solo Show The Nature of Things
These works exists at the intersection of art, biology, metaphysics, and response to the natural world. The small art works are meant to echo the intimate scale and brief fruiting period of many species. The large works allude to the greater scope of history and scale in which humanity exists. The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi informs this body of work on a number of levels. The concept that things in the universe devolve toward entropy or evolve into being, the simultaneous dynamic of destruction and construction, is evident in the use of broken or decayed wood pieces juxtaposed with new growth emanating from or around them. The appreciation for imperfections, irregular, variegated surfaces and an affinity for time accrued hues and idiosyncratic forms also relate the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic. These sculptures pay homage to the organic forms that inspired them, harmonizing in earthy colors, textures and forms, a poetic response to each found object. The hope is that the viewer observes things that otherwise might have gone unseen, and perhaps perceives the natural world in a new way.