Perodically, I make another work out of materials and meanings related to former works. This new piece is titled RENEW YOUR REEF, and I again went shopping for cleaning supplies -- brushes, sponges, scrubbers, scouring pads, mop heads, plungers, and plastic gloves. It's not unlike a marine biologist looking for specimens in an attempt to understand biological diversity.
My art is inspired by landscape, qualities of light and color in nature, and aspects of the natural world and sciences. I make correlations and contrasts to my experience of living in a city like Los Angeles -- in a culture that is fragmented, vernacular, and oriented toward artificiality and consumerism. The impetus for the work is to increase perception and instigate questions -- to create from simple means, a platform for both conceptual analysis and poetic reflection in the mind of the viewer. My thinking is grounded in Realism or what is actually present, influenced by scientific empiricism, but open to the Romanticism of a spiritual or sacred longing for revelation and authentic transcendence --what I would call hyper-desire. This is the profound paradox at the core of all true religion and artistic activity. Materials are ordinary (domestic, do-it-yourself, crafts and hobbies), but I would like to generate notions of grandeur or the sublime through formal decisions, shifts in scale, and placement within the architecture. My work is a reinvestment in physicality, and the real time and space of sculptural installation is a reminder to the viewer of ones own body both its gifts and its limitations.