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Artist's Statement
Sculpting air...wire holograms...

My sculpture is mainly composed of air.  I use bits of wire only to define that part of air to which I want to draw my audience's attention. Minimal visual cues to assist the mind to define space, enclose volume, provoke mood or silently hear music or sound.

Sometimes no more than a simple gesture, my work can consist of a strand or two, or be a highly detailed study consisting of hundreds of pieces of wire.

I find the shadows cast by each of these 3D sketches fascinating. I use 2 or 3 halogen spotlights to simultaneously cast a variety of perspectives as I work. The shadows act as a 2D reference plane and help my mind make the leap from sketching on a flat surface with a line of ink, to sketching a hologram in space with a line of steel or bronze. I expect an end result that works perfectly from any viewpoint, through 360 degrees.

I've always had a fascination with Alexander Calder's assemblages and have recently experimented with kinetic sculpture myself.  I use stainless steel rod, stained glass, copper, bronze and cobbles of granite. The components are engineered by harnessing Archimede's principles of fulcrums, levers and loads. The results have been quite interesting, particularly watching how they come alive as they move endlessly in the wind.


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