with the human form allows me an outlet through which
I explore the nature of existence. I am particularly
interested in our suffering and, in turn, our need for
healing; spiritually, physically, and mentally. The
cycles of life, growth and decay, and the seeming duality
of the body and the soul also influence my thought.
Much of these influences are found in my individual
figures. Made of both cast glass and electro-formed
copper, each material has a metaphorical significance.
The cast glass represents our ethereal nature; mind,
spirit, soul, and imagination. The copper is symbolic
of humanity's ephemeral existence; body, flesh, shell,
skin, and armor. Our lives are a delicate blend of the
ethereal and the ephemeral. I find that the juxtaposition
of these materials allows me to express the human form
in a meaningful way.
addition to the figures, I have also had a fascination
with antique tools and their functions. In many ways
the tool is an extension of the human form. Thus, I
have been experimenting with
a metamorphosis of body
parts and tool forms. This experimentation has further
led to the development of more abstract and organic
vessel forms, the Neshama Vessel Series. These "vessels",
whose name is taken from the Hebrew word for God-breathed
spirit of man, are formed using human fingers as the
wall of the vessel. Cast in glass, these vessels become
containers of light.
have found glass to be the perfect medium to convey
my ideas. Glass has the unique ability to express so
many human emotions. It can be cold, hot, hard, fragile,
bright, dull, etc. In addition, the translucency of
cast glass has the ability to "hold" light.
It is in capturing this inner glow that keeps me continually
intrigued by glass.
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