The Sum of its parts
October 3 - December 6, 2020
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is what I hope to achieve when I set out to create my assemblage sculptures—that the finished sculpture has more value and meaning than the many disparate components that comprise it.
Everyone knows what it is like to lie on their back and “see” images in the clouds. When I was a child, I just assumed everyone saw these kinds of things everywhere, like I did—that everyone saw figures, animals, surreal creatures in the patterns on the linoleum flooring, the random swirls in a plaster ceiling, or even the way shadows fell against a wall--and maybe they do and they’re just not telling! As an adult, I approach my sculpture materials the same way by standing back and looking for what I “see” emerge. Being an assemblage sculptor is a little like taking a daily Rorschach test.
I create my assemblage sculptures by using my original sculpted elements and combining them with an assortment of objects I have collected. Often the initial impetus for the sculpture occurs when I find some interesting fragment of metal or wood. Then an idea takes root and evolves from that “catalyst” piece. Every sculpture is like a puzzle for which I find and fit each seemingly unrelated piece together in its most expressive form in order to create something new.