Dancer? Alien? Is That an Elbow?

At first glance my sculptures are non-representational, geometric abstractions. Yet where complex curves meet and change direction joints materialize, suggestive of an organic inner skeleton.  Dancer? Alien? Is that an elbow? My works appear alive–poised to lift off the pedestal. But if I make no conscious effort to mimic natural forms, how does figuration find its way in? This year I am going to deepen the illusion of motion and explore the mystery of their inner figures by “animating” my sculpture. These new series’ will be created by taking a completed sculpture and reconfiguring it into multiple positions.

Freestanding sculpture is by definition static, paradoxically at odds with my desire to express kinetic energy. My primary focus has always been to create dynamic sculptures that are balanced for viewing in-the-round. Due to the infinite number of ways to experience a given sculpture, it is usually difficult to settle on a single mounting point. Creating a trio by taking one sculpture and twisting it into three different permutations will animate my design like a 3-D flip-book, realizing a glimpse of animation while retaining the stationary quality of sculpture.

It should be a formidable challenge to preserve visual balance as I force an already finished sculpture into new poses. The human figure retains all of its original physical attributes no matter how it turns in space. My triptychs will illustrate that an inorganic entity can emulate the human capacity to move through space without losing any of its defining formal characteristics. The first step will be to mold a given sculpture so that I can produce wax multiples. I will leave one wax reproduction in its original form, manipulate two others into new orientations, and then cast all three of them in bronze.

The seed for this idea was planted many years ago during a frantic search for a serving dish. While preparing to host an exhibition at my former home in Santa Cruz, California, I realized I was short one snack platter. As I scanned the house, two vertical, concave elements of Trick caught my eye from a pedestal across the room. I promptly flipped the purple sculpture 90 degrees and twin, adjacent cavities materialized. Chips & salsa moved in immediately!

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