Dim Reflections

We empower symbols through the beliefs and associations we assign to them. When we agree to give something a shared meaning, we are multiplying its gravity. Sometimes symbols can become so strong that it is irrelevant whether you accept them as true or not, their power exists independently of belief. Accordingly, large institutions are given their own gravitational mass through widely accepted social bargains, reinforced by cooperative norms and expressed through the adoption of codes and customs.

Read More

Art Shape Mammoth

Last year, after having taken a two-year break from board work, I joined the board of directors for a placeless organization called Art Shape Mammoth. Started by some friends and neighbors I met living at the Tilsner Artist Co-operative in Lowertown St. Paul, they are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to connecting artists to new communities and supporting the development of artistic practice, dialogue, education, and research through creative public exchange. Programming includes;

Read More

Getting Conceptual: Part 3

The Curio Collection is a body of handmade sculptural art jewelry and objects, inspired by the historical ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’; private collections of natural objects as yet undefined by science, from the 14th-17th centuries. This was a time during which magic and science co-existed, prior to the great ‘enlightenment’, paving the way for technology as we know it today.

Read More

Getting Conceptual: Part 2

Using the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ as a conceptual point of departure, the focus of this work is to promote symbiosis between people and their surroundings, both social and environmental. To do this, I work by layering visual, tactile and functional patterns, which are a product of the intersection between form and purpose occurring everywhere in nature. To me, Nest and Tessellate represents the growth of a collection of 2d and 3d objects, the use of which encourages new patterns, toward the cultivation of mutually beneficial systems between humans and habitats.

Read More

Getting Conceptual: Part 1

‘Sculptural objects from patterns in nature’ – that’s the tagline of the hour. Everything I produce is supposed to relate back to that central concept, but somewhere in the material experimentation and production this year, it felt like that focus took a back seat to getting a volume of work out. My resolution for this coming year is to return to that concept and really explore in depth how far it can be pushed visually, and if it needs revising. One thing I know I’m bumping up against is that it appears to be too vague, and too common – everybody borrows from nature, so what’s unique about how I do it?

Read More

Art Makes Meaning

“Art is not some fun add-on to life…Go back to the Ice Age and the artists then were still making art even when living constantly under threat from starvation, cold and predators … The need to express oneself runs very, very deep. Because of course, art’s primary role is not as an asset class and it’s not…

Read More