Fragment Boxes - group shot
8 x 9.5 inches (each piece)
Found objects housed in plexiglass case
Non Representational Assemblages
I have tried to consciously use materials that, in my opinion, demonstrate more integrity than plastic, which break down in time and which do not leave a serious and lasting ecological footprint. Some of these materials are string, wood, metal etc. as well as found materials. My choice of items is often random but frequently purposeful and they are chosen for their compositional and aesthetic potential. In the bodies of work, Fragment Boxes and Assemblages with Wicks, I attempted to raise public awareness of these issues and guide the viewer into a deeper involvement and examination of them. Hopefully my pieces will prompt some soul searching and encourage a greater appreciation of the humble items in our culture. In suggesting likely deterioration and possible disintegration, they also raise the question, which items are worth keeping. The oil wicks in "Ten little Thoughts", were purchased in an Indian market. All the Fragment boxes are 8.5 inches x 9 inches and are housed in plexiglass cases mounted on wood.
The Bundle Assemblages were created as meditative pieces and involved the stuffing, binding and stitching of individual bundles of canvas. They were then placed in a formal wooden box and painted in a way that supported a given concept or idea... " Joseph’s Dream" is a piece, for example, that references the biblical story of Joseph’s adventures and misadventures in Egypt. "Spring Surge" is a metaphor for the extraordinary level of activity in the spring and the sap rising.
My philosophy is that beauty can be found in all things if we are open to seeing it, and it is often made even more beautiful and poignant by it’s transience.