These pieces are inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, the traditional architecture of the Japanese Tea House. These 14th century tea houses and gardens are a visual extension of the tea ceremony. The purpose of the tea ceremony is to refresh the participants thorugh an appreciation of nature, one another, the present moment and a simple and particular aesthetic. To this end a natural material, such as a tree trunk with branches intact, might serve as a beam in the tea house. Similarly, each piece in the Boat Series contains a natural stick which serves as the core of each piece. Each stick is chosen for it's irregularity and natural beauty. The shape of the inner opening and size of the outside form are determined by the stick. To me, the boat form is figural, female and still.
glitter and paint on pine and reclaimed barn wood
glitter, sequins and paint on found wood
paint and aniline dye on ash and barn siding
aniline dyes and paint on pine and barn siding
driftwood, paint on pine and found wood54x7x5
sticks, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and found wood
aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick47x7x3"
paint on pine, cedar and cholla hull48x7x5
cholla hull, paint on curly maple, ply and chip board
aniline dyes and paint on pine and curly maple
stick and maple50x6x3"
driftwood and curly maple43x6x4"
croquet sticks, and paint on ash
aniline dyes and paint on pine and stick
aniline dyes on curly maple and sycamore branch with burls52x10x4"
Half Canoe, side view
driftwood, barnsiding and 1/4 sawn sycamore
Bone Needle 2
poplar and sycamore stick with burls
birch branch and paint on found wood
sticks, yardstick and paint and aniline dyes on cedar and birdsye maple36x5x2"
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and mantel8x16'
Installation at Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH.
stick, marble, maple, part of a porch
Ridge Line 52014
stick, aniline dyes and paint on pine and cedar32x4x4"
aniline dyes and paint on pine and old oak cutting board67x6x2"
Push Me Pull You2015
acrylic on found wood, sticks and spoons64x7x3"