Portfolio > Text Constructs

The text based constructs I create consist of layers of paper that are carefully torn or cut, spaced apart and aligned to define a sculptural void. Cathartic micro-gardens punctuated with masses of text beckon the viewer to delve in for a brief journey. As the viewer’s gaze enters and traverses the layers of paper in each work, vision becomes tactile, lending an articulated viewing experience and a space for the eyes to linger. The movement and placement of words in and around the composed landscapes and intimately scaled spaces provides for a kinaesthetic reading experience that draws the viewer in for momentary reflection and a temporary departure.

In a world with a seemingly endless amount of stimulus available, most of us are concerned with our own business, unable to let some of the more subtle and quiet aspects of the world reveal themselves to us at times. As Walt Whitman wrote in the preface to Leaves of Grass, “The greatest poet dilates any thing that was before thought small…with the grandeur and life of the universe. He is a seer.” My work creates a temporary aesthetic pause to remove or alter the viewer’s existing frame of reference and provide an opportunity for a different presence of mind, a distilled frame of reference.

Rise
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
28" X 53" X 55"
Rise (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
28" X 53" X 55"
Focus
Sculpture (Ash Wood, paper, text)
11" X 19" X 24"
Field
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
11" X 19" X 24"
Hold This Line
Sculpture (Maple wood, paper, text)
12.75" X 12.75" X 8"
Je Ne Sais Pas
Sculpture (Maple wood, paper, text)
12.75" X 12.75" X 6.5"
Read This Line
Sculpture (Wood, paper, text)
28" X 43" X 15"
Read This Line (detail)
Sculpture (Wood, paper, text)
28" X 43" X 15"
Heavy Rocks
Sculpture: (Ash wood, text, paper)
9" X 30" X 11"
Heavy Rocks (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, text, paper)
9" X 30" X 11"
A Little Quiet II
Sculpture (Ash wood, text, paper)
8" X 19" X 10"
A Little Quiet II (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, text, paper)
8" X 19" X 10"
Endless Sea
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 18" X 23"
Detail of Endless Sea
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 18" X 23"
Quiet
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
56" X 31" X 40"
Quiet (Detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
56" X 31" X 40"
+/-
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 11" X 10"
2012
+/- (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 11" X 10"
2012
Dig It/Dug
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 11" x 10"
2012
Dig It/Dug (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
10" X 11" X 10"
2012
Reveal
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
9" X 17" X 7"
Reveal (detail)
Sculpture (Ash wood, paper, text)
9" X 17" X 7"
Catch and Release
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)
12" X 15" X 14"
Catch and Release (closed)
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)
12" X 15" X 14"
Catch and Release (Detail)
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)
12" X 15" X 14"
Intermediate
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text, glass)
15" X 19" X 6"
Intermediate (Detail)
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)
15" X 19" X 6"
Landscape Meditation
Sculpture (Red Oak, paper, text)
10.25" X 40.5" X 3.5"
Detail of Landscape Meditation #1
Sculpture (Red Oak, paper, text)
10.25" X 40.5" X 3.5"
Hey You
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)
8.5" X 43.25"
Detail of Hey You
Sculpture (Maple, paper, text)