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Alter Pieces

Grasping at a universal lattice of some kind, these studies in pencil and paint on panel are a way to examine the boxes we create or involuntarily find ourselves within. Each cell is populated with it’s own color, influencing the energy of that space. Only when we step outside of those boxes can we see greater patchwork patterns emerge. An aerial photograph of any human settlement will reveal a pattern of change imposed upon the landscape. The same kinds of patterns are employed inside of our technologies, embedded in social structures and modes of thinking. We compartmentalize information, emotions, nature and reality inside of billions and billions of known quantities, but miss all of the space in between. I think there’s more to explore than just boxes, and I’m using these Alter-pieces as a way to map and escape the way we limit our experience.

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House Warding Tiles

Borrowing from the mystery traditions and folk medicine, this new collection of symbolic stencil cuts is for a series of stoneware wall tiles and corked jars that I’ll have for the Powderhorn Art Fair. Related esoteric imagery will be hand drawn onto enameled copper talismans beset with good intentions. Each wall tile and talisman is intended to act as a reminder to open the heart and mind to possibilities to flow around obstacles or attract abundance into our lives. House wardings specifically are to protect the energy of a home, keeping static out and good vibes in. We take subliminal cues from our environments all the time, here’s an attempt at deliberately seeding those spaces with intentional symbolism.

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Enameled Talismans

Stencil images airbrushed on clay surfaces have given way to enameling on copper. What I’d read is that it’s one of those things, you can learn in an evening and master over a lifetime. So, I chose a color palette to play with and hit order. Now, I’m easing into incorporating this new finish into a coherent body of symbolic imagery, applied across two different mediums. My thought is that the most frequently absorbed imagery around us should be planted in place with an intention to uplift. The talismanic use of an everyday object can apply to art, a garment, your favorite drinking vessel or necklace. If these are heavily laden with meaning, then they serve to reaffirm an idea about who we are every time our eyes pass over them.

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Wheel of the Year Stencils

The year is always turning, seasons changing, fortunes fluctuating with them. This cycle around the sun, I’ve been working on a new series of stencil cuts that represent stations along the wheel, to use on ceramics, fabrics and paper. In doing so, I’ve been trying to distill down the essence of each movement in the mechanism, to get at what animates each turn. Sometimes we feel that we are more detached from natural rhythms than we really can be. Observe the power of winter, or high summer, dictating what we can do or don’t don’t dare to. If you are a gardener, you know we are subject to the whims of the same agricultural gods we’ve always been beholden to, that sun and rain bring life, and the chill of winter brings a temporary end to harvests.

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