This body of work is partly inspired by a recent journey to the majestic natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon in Utah. I hiked down between the orange and pink rows of tall totemic geologic structures called Hoodoos and saw ancient Bristlecone Pines wedged into the crevices that circle the rim of the canyon. These gnarled trees with their seductive twisting and spiraling trunks are among the oldest living organisms on the planet. Witnessing the surreal power and vivid beauty of the canyon was dreamlike. I intend to synthesize these memories into totemic forms of fabricated steel that I call the Hoodoo Series.
I am also inspired by establishing a new work methodology for myself. Proficiency in 3D computer modeling has allowed me to plan and visualize past designs for more than a decade. New computer controlled tools now allow me to go beyond visualization of the form to creating patterns and precisely cutting the materials myself. A far more advanced level of complexity of form is now possible. The Hoodoo series is the first work utilizing these new tools and includes a formal evolution beginning with the three stacked and twisted constructions to an investigation into gridded egg-crate construction.
The Hoodoo series is about contrasts. It’s about the play of inside and outside/stillness and movement/solidity and transparency/attraction and repulsion. In the past, I have not created objects and I have not worked in series. But this is a new series of four steel objects. In perpetually striving to learn and grow, I reinvent myself again—like most artists. My intentions are multileveled and the work eventually intersects and has connections with past work, while continuing to explore new ideas, tools and processes.