Natural and manmade forms fascinate me and my work seeks correlation between the two. A star made of traffic cones resembles a grain of pollen, spiked seedpod, or diatom. Common everyday objects are created for function yet retain inherent aesthetic. Synthesizing macro and micro patterns of nature with human-crafted objects creates dual dialogue between the manufactured and organic, conveying the exquisite importance of life, itself. By taking objects out of their original context, I eliminate their intended function to reveal unexpected beauty.
36′ x 18′ x 24″
“Canoe Fan” is Part of Canoe Imagine Art Project, sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission and Parks and Recreation Department, and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.
Fabricator: Peter Davidson – Kingdom Bronze
Engineer: Ben Baer – Baer Associates Engineers Ltd
The design brings to mind the sun on the horizon, peacock feathers spreading, a flower unfolding, a Native American Headdress.
“The holes are a design element that renders the canoes useless, and allows wind to pass through. Boats symbolize passage from one world into the next. It is a portal and symbol of passage, unfolding, flowering.”
From: Lireo Design
~Electrical and doorknobs
SHOE OF SHOES
Cast and welded aluminum
120 x 192 x 72″