My solar sculptures are an exploration of mankind’s relationship with nature and
and seek to promote an awareness of the normal balance of forces found in nature. Using
solar technology, The Solar Flower Blossom sculptures are colorful and plant-like, in that
they are seductively colorful, changing their shape, deriving sustenance from the energy
the environment. However they remain as machines. As such they help to make people aware
the natural world and of the use of solar energy. Furthermore the solar technology that
powers all of these artworks represents a hope for the future. Inevitably as these
sculptures are exhibited even nontechnical people are curious about what makes them work.
This curiosity promotes the awareness that I believe is a key to beginning the restoration
of the normal balance of nature, as well as survival of the human race on earth.
The wind is one of the earths most universal natural forces. It is both soothing and
powerful, and moves many of my sculptures. From milling grain to flying a kite, mankind
has found many wonderful uses for the wind. My wind powered sculptures are meant to
reflect the energy and excitement of the wind, and as such are lively
an'i•må, n. [L.] life principal; soul.
met'ric, a [L.metricus; Gr. metrikos, pertaining to measure, from metron, measure]
All art is an abstraction of life. That abstraction affects our feelings and thoughts through the power of recognition. We recognize, consciously or subconsciously, people, places, things that are part of our experience in life. The attraction of other humans, memories, tactile experiences that we can not verbalize can be effectively communicated through works of art. The most powerful art, that work which moves us the most, has the most direct connection to those subliminal memories.
The mechanics of how we see shapes and colors have been studied and written about by many artists and scientists. Colors and shapes interact to develop feelings in our subconscious. The objects in the world that we view as continuous and solid are actually made up of small particles with mostly space in between. Every one of us, and all of the things that we perceive in the world, are not really solid at all, but billions of tiny specks in magnetic suspension. Impressionism (while not philosophically, but in the manner in which impressionists mechanically constructed paintings, with daubs of paint instead of layers of washes), and later Pointillism, Cubism and Constructivist sculpture corrected our perception of the visual world. All continuous surfaces and lines in reality are made up of infinite segments of various sizes.
My work is a conscious effort to consider the forms and symbols that we encounter in life that cause us to reflect on our tactile and visual learning experiences. I deliberately exploit the interaction of shapes, movement and colors to create artworks that are at once machines and organisms.