Artist Statement - Through The Lens
Whether looking through a microscope, telescope or with the naked eye, our world is made up of intricate structures that are simultaneously minuscule and magnificent. The building blocks of the universe expand or contract depending on the vantage
As an artist, it is this play between the microscopic and the expansive that influences my work. The architecture of nature, and how everything we experience can be seen as a matrix of similar shapes and patterns, is fascinating to me. For instance, the shape of a sunflower follows the same geometric pattern as a nautilus shell, which follows the spiral of a galaxy. However, The Fibonacci Sequence is only part of the picture, in that it describes the perfection of the architecture we see around us, but not
I like to look at the perfectly imperfect world around me. The plant world is full of oddities and imperfections. Flowers are made up of millions of individual cells that are mostly in perfect harmony, but on occasion something makes a random change that can lead to a new variety in the species.
Using a specialized kiln, I pull glass murine (rods), that are then cut up into small cross sections. This technique allows me to work with the cell like structures that give my pieces their architecture. The flow of the individual cells into one another is for me, the most delightful outcome. Whether I am referencing a flower or an octopus, these little jewels are the backbone of the work. I hope that the viewer will find joy in exploring the details that these intricate little gems offer.