am drawn to architectural forms and its ornament spanning
cultures. A persistent theme has been industrial structures
as containers or
dwellings. The current "grain elevators" have
a formal simplicity and starkness that remind me of
a De Chirico painting where perspective and space are
given a palpable sense of foreboding. To me, these forms
are graphically strong and iconic in stature.
from photographs and drawings the flattened forms play
perspective and make direct or oblique reference to
the teapot. These
structures are remnants housing memory and an abandoned
sense of place and time. Projected onto the somewhat
eroded surfaces are images/glimpses that are drawn,
incised, etched. Hiding in shadow are mummy-like vents
acting as stand-ins for handles or spouts implying a
human presence. Some are more playful variations on
a theme and some more somber.
is an unconventional beauty that draws me to these industrial
and the urban landscape in general. I see them while
riding the train, juxtaposed incongruously against beautiful
ornamentation or standing alone against the horizon.
Having grown up in Chicago, I have come to see these
forms as our modern-day ruins both mysterious and evocative.
have been a ceramic artist and instructor in Chicago
for over 20 years. I
began as a functional potter after college and then
pursued more sculptural
work such as architecturally inspired vessels, decorative
for kitchen and bath, and larger scale mural installations.
I have also worked
with St. Nicholas Church in Evanston in creating Stations
of the Cross and
with the Arts Partnership in the public schools to create
theme based clay murals
with the students.
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