Gathering -  thrown stoneware/extruded - 22x14x14 (2020)


Recent work has dealt with the relationships of whole forms to that of their
components. The act of taking apart and putting back together has contributed
to the accumulation of a personal library of fragmented images. My current
interest is in the exploration of new forms derived from rearranging fragments of
disparate dissected objects.

With this new body of work I have continued my on-going visual investigation of
man-made and natural objects. Usually these consist of small things; ordinary in
many ways, but possessing a visual quirkiness that pulls me to them. In some
cases I am not familiar with the particular purpose, function or origin of the
original object. Often this lack of information allows me to see the object in a
clearer light.

In some of the pieces, I have "borrowed" fragments of personal objects that have
been passed on to me from a family member. Usually these are things that have
only sentimental value: An old pipe of my fathers, a funnel from my mother’s
kitchen an old bulb from the family Christmas tree. A recent object that falls into
this category is a handmade wooden tool that was fashioned by my Italian
grandfather to plant his garden. Slender and pointed with a stump of a side
handle this small tool fit the hand of my grandfather and served him well. For me
it not only holds visual intrigue but also a connection to my memory of him and
the things he loved.

The worn, crusty surfaces on many of the pieces are created to give a sense of
how time acts to make and unmake a form. This process can be seen in both
natural and manmade objects.

While drawn from specific sources of interpretation, the work in this exhibit is
primarily abstract and formal. Form, surface and color take precedent over any
perceived emotional content. While the work may trigger a visual memory of
familiar objects, the viewer is encouraged to have a range of interpretations.