the biggest difference, aside from the obvious issue of size, in working
smaller is that the process is so much more direct and straightforward.
You have only the stone and the tools and you can just work without
too much to plan or over-think. I often work on many small pieces during
the lengthy process involved with the large stones. It’s quick
and relaxing even though it looks to be the same kind of work.
works give me a chance to experiment with new shapes, textures and materials.
It is almost like sketching in stone. I’m able
to make a small drawing and turn the idea into stone in a reasonable
time frame. Many of my works are disc-like shapes. I’m drawn
to this because it seems to connect to the most basic essence of line
and form in sculpture. The images are simple and easily read from almost
any distance. Their weight is minimized and they are easy to mount
on steel bases.
are derived from many ancient sources in China, Japan, South America,
Mexico, Europe and the American Southwest. So called primitives implements
and religious artifacts have simple yet potent shapes. I try to learn
from these objects and translate them into a stark, contemporary vocabulary.
Many of the images in this category are of this type.
I have produced small sculptures in onyx, alabaster and marble whose
shapes come from fossil nautiluses and bones. These works are more fully
rounded and represent the next series of works that I will include in
this website in a 2008 update.