In designing a work for the Village of Brockport, I wanted to express a feeling of home. I like the fact that the site for the work is a residential street, a neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful, historic homes. Furniture suggests a feeling of home, like your favorite easy chair or perhaps your comfy bed. This sculpture takes its form from a bed, while also functioning as an arbor. I have used the bed as a metaphor in my work before. It refers to the cycle of life, as in a garden bed. Although you can’t lie down in this bed, you can walk through it. The sides of the bed are drawings in steel of plants, with the roots forming the box spring, and the leaves and flowers filling the mattress level. The headboard and footboard are the gates for getting in and out of bed, or in this case, to allow you to pass through it. On the gates, the box spring level is water, referring to the Erie Canal. Water is the source of life, and in this case, it is the origin of the Village as a port on the canal. Water was the unifying theme for the sculpture.
A 3-part, site specific sculpture consisting of: 100 cast bronze leaves made from molds taken off a variety of trees, including ones in Christ Church's garden area; a cast bronze branch with 11 birds symbolizing the "joyful noise unto the Lord" of Psalm 100; and a cast and welded bronze bench, the back of which was made from a mold taken off the wood grapevine molding that runs throughout the altar area of the church.
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Collaboration with Kitty Hubbard in conjunction with the “Ties That Bind” exhibition at Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY
Collaboration with Kitty Hubbard for the “Art in Bloom” event, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Website
Sited in the school-group entrance to Memorial Art Gallery, this work questioned what remains when a life is gone. It used a tree as a metaphor for life itself, but there was no tree present in the work. The tree guard protected nothing but emptiness. Where a tree would normally grow in the center of the tree grate, there was a container full of cast paper, ghost-like leaves. Paper, like the charcoal that covered the floor, is made from trees. There were white, cast plaster leaves attached to the white walls. School kids used the stepping stones to reach the walls and made rubbings off the leaves in relief, with the tissue paper and ground charcoal provided. On the other side of the space was the receptacle to place the tissue paper rubbings, which were burned at the end of the installation, like burning leaves in Autumn.
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