Using a spontaneous, collage-like vocabulary I combine the ancient tradition of cast bronze with the contemporary open forms of fabricated metal sculpture. To achieve this I use bronze directly, rather than to replicate forms created in another material.
In a spirit of meditation and play, of non-verbal (or pre-verbal) experience, I press my hands, arms, legs and feet into casting sand, imprinting the expressive energy of the body directly in the mold. I also draw in the sand, recording the speed and arc of various movements. I then ladle molten bronze directly into the hollows created by the body. The immediacy of the flowing metal, and the happy accidents that occur in the process, are an integral part of the work.
I explore the structural and emotional relationship between humans and plants. The resulting “Hand Plants” are at once animal (body), vegetable (plant) and mineral (bronze). They occupy the boundaries between these worlds, and between the realm of things tangible and the realm of the spirit.