For as long as I can remember, the idea of making something and the pride I felt from showing it to others has always been a force in my life.
When I was very young, my father took me to visit the studio of his friend Jacques Lipchitz in Hastings-on-Hudson. I remember being totally captivated watching and listening as he worked on a massive clay sculpture destined to become one of his famous bronzes. This was the ultimate "show and tell" game - and its influence on me has never diminished.
My work explores the tension between the perfect and the organic, the whole and the broken. For me, the ideal representation of physical perfection is Euclidean Geometry, the translation of mathematical axioms into pure form. The attenuation of those forms by breaking – tearing –scarring –pixelating – etc., all expose our humanity – the idea that try as we might, we are anything but perfect. Yet, I like to believe that the breaks, tears and scars can all possess an inherent beauty of their own.
My personal feeling is that strong works of art are greatly about the medium. For me, the solidity and strength of stone and steel have always had a profound effect. Rock connects me to the earth and its history. Metal – the connection to what we have built on this planet. Shaping stone or forming metal are not spontaneous exercises – they both take perseverance, dedication and patience - attributes that I hold in high esteem in life and work.
At first glance my art may resemble archetypal forms but, a closer investigation may lead to more questions than answers about its provenance. My hope is that each individual observer will ask questions based on their own experience and thereby begin to discover more about art, life, nature and themselves.