TO CONSPIRE WITH NATURE
Having worked many years in sculptural forms that respond to urban environments, in settings full of the activity of commerce and corporate vitality, I have recently refocused my attention to the larger environment, the eco-system, whose maintenance and survival supports the firmament upon which even the urban landscape is dependant.
My large public sculptures are composed of fabricated and painted metal, producing architectonic metaphors of evocative moments found in nature. The new work marks a further development in both form and content, in my personal response to the natural environment. I call this new work, The Tellurians, a word meaning "arising from the earth".
The medium has changed radically, from fabricating aluminum and steel, to restructuring organic materials from nature, and changed also in scale from twenty feet to a smaller, more accessible format. The source materials now consist of earthen detritus I've collected in my travels throughout the country. I then recompose and restructure these naturally decaying forms, to produce a transformation in the materials, to form anthropomorphic figures that become cautionary narrators concerned with the fragility of the eco-system.
The pragmatic use of these organic materials to develop the form is an appropriate utilization that is consistent with the solution for the problem of the works' fragile "permanence." I treat these materials with the utmost care using various coatings to contain and preserve them.
All the Tellurian sculptures are unique and one of a kind. Some are made of organic materials and some are cast in bronze and patinated and others are cast in bronze and painted. The results are dramatic weathered materializations of the psyche, rising as if from the earth in primordial grace, that are at once aboriginal, yet urgently contemporary, creating majestic animations of the essence of nature, visual moments from a pre-conscious memory of a pristine environment.