As an artist my medium of choice is weaving. My tendency is to gravitate toward three dimensional forms because of the way in which they interact with space and the viewer. Through a series of explorations with weave structures and fibers I was able to design a handwoven fabric that is rigid, yet pliable, and contains an internal armature that lends itself to working in three dimensions.
For some time now the fiber for my woven cloth has been monofilament (fishing line). I was drawn to this fiber for its transparent quality, and the way it responds to light. Initially, I worked with it in response to natural light, then with the neon- like light of electroluminescent wire, and now with LED light.
The current LED light pieces integrate my interest in three dimensionality, woven construction, and light. They are functional sculptures that create ambient lighting. I am working with two basic forms: cylindrical and triangular. The cylindrical pieces are fluid and organic; the triangular pieces are geometric and orderly.
While creating a series of these two forms, I am exploring the interaction of light bouncing off gathered puckers and folds of material, pushing contrast in density of material to constrict or emit light, and layering transparent backlit color. I am fascinated with how light transforms the materials.
Observing the interaction of light on natural objects interests me; in cast shadows filtered through foliage, flickering off long grasses as they ripple in currents, viewing backlit leaves layered in pattern and color, and watching the reflection of light play off of water, ice and snow. Many of my sculptures reference these natural phenomena.
I am inspired by the work of diverse artists such as sculptors Ruth Asawa, Isamu Noguchi, and Constantin Brancusi, architect, Antonio Gaudi, fashion designer Issey Miyake, and the art vases of Venini Glass.
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