Here & Now
Artist's Statement

As a sculptor, working with new materials sparks new ideas.  Glass is a new material for me.  Its transparency and fluidity suggest water, and I have been intrigued since early 2013 with sculpting water. 

Water is of course essential for life.  And water has been in the news a lot lately.  NASA’s recent discovery of water on Mars leads to speculation about the possibility of life on Mars, while the contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan elicits shock and outrage at the callous indifference and criminal incompetence that allowed this atrocity to occur.  At the end of the movie, The Big Short, we learn that the real life hedge fund manager, Dr. Michael Burry, played by Christian Bale in the movie, is now investing in water futures. Many experts agree that we are heading toward a worldwide water crisis in the 21st Century. Whoever has water will have power. But can a country or corporation or individual really “own” water? It’s crazy to think about.

That is, however, exactly what I was thinking about while “sculpting” water. For Oh, the Water, the image I had in my head was of someone hoarding precious water in his/her basement. The irony that around here, everyone is trying to keep water OUT of the basement was not lost on me. In fact, its adds to the futility of the act. Water evaporates or grows mold or erodes away its container. And so, putting water on a shelf or under lock and key or in a holey bucket become metaphors for trying to hold on to the transient, the ephemeral---to life itself.  The Drain Shelf and Locked Drop series of sculptures speak to these same ideas, while The Rain Rustler works---Umbrella, Rain Hat, Bandolier and Squirt Guns---refer to socio-political and ecological concerns.

 

Water Fall

water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall

 

Water Table

water fall
water fall
water fall

 

Rain Rustler

water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall
water fall

 

Umbrella for the Rain Rustler

umbrella
umbrella
umbrella
umbrella
umbrella
umbrella
umbrella

 

Oh, the Water

oh the water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water
Oh, the Water

 

Drain Shelves

Drain Shelf No. 1
Drain Shelf No. 1
Drain Shelf Nr. 4
Drain Shelf No. 4
Drain Shelf No. 5
Drain Shelf No. 6
Drain Shelf No. 7
Drain Shelf No. 7
Drain Shelf No. 8
Drain Shelf No. 8
Drain Shelf No. 8
Drain Shelf No. 9
Drain Shelf No. 9

 

Locked Drops

Locked Drop No. 1
Locked Drop No. 2
Locked Drop
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