Wood-Resin-Steel & Light
How do create images of the invisible? Can they be mirages? Or dreams? Or are they hallucinations? I have pondered this conundrum for some time now and somehow my artwork answers that question with memories of wilderness experiences. There is something about being absolutely alone under a big sky or vast ocean.
My latest work is much larger in scale. I use colored translucent layers of resin mixed with pearlescent & phosphorescent powders and cast onto the “live edge” of native Arizona woods. I have always consider myself a landscape painter and now entering a new phase as a sculptor. The “landscapes” created in my work are memories and images perhaps even mirages of undiscovered realms in the desert and along the shores of oceans.
LED lighting illuminates the translucent layers of resin and “charges” other layers of phosphorescent powder cast in the resin. An eerie landscape emerges as this light diffuses throughout the piece. I love how light penetrates darkness. I often muse about my work and how I prefer to see it in very dark settings. Part of that thought come from a sense of reverence that somehow light penetrating the darkness allows..I think its a primal force.
Sitting on the pieces allows me to somehow “connect” with the DNA of the piece of dead wood, now resurrected to a “new life”. feeling the wood and the resin arouses memories of time in the desert and there is something almost like reading braille when I run my fingers and hand along the highly polished and smoothed wood and resin. One such edge on one of my pieces reminds me of surfing this undulating gift from the sea, imprinted on my mind forever.
At times I feel like I’m an alchemist working late into the night casting layers of thought and creating something from “base” elements into something that somehow points to something spiritual…and that has to be God.
I experience the world created by the Creator. When I am working in my studio and creating work, I am on a spiritual journey and the right place to be in.