Metal is an incredible medium, prized by human beings for thousands of years for its beauty, versatility, and durability. And it is that durability which allows those metal pieces of thousands of years to remain as a vestige of its cultural origin. I am drawn by the allure of those antiquated objects. I like to imagine my work to be the artistic leavings of a fictional civilization, long since deceased, reclaimed from below the earth or the sea. Each of my metal pieces is aged by means of corroding the surface with either oxidization, or patina to give the feel of a thing made, lost, and rediscovered. The original splendor of the polished, new object may be lost, but is replaced with the mystery of age, which I find far more appealing.
My drawings speak of a similar process, but one without the influence of a culture, real or imagined. They are made to be a celebration of natural corrosion, and the accidental beauty of stains left in the fibers of paper through mineral decay—the mark of their passing. The metal, once processed and purified, is breaking down and returning to the earth.
Nature has always been my ultimate inspiration, especially for my metalwork. The form of each metal piece is derived from a living creature, either plant or animal. This, in addition to my desire to make my pieces feel like artifacts, stems from my love of the natural world, and the sense of loss for the dead and endangered societies whose lives were so intimately and harmoniously connected with the anima of the planet.