For several years I have been interested in the peculiar intersection of the past and the future. I think of archetypes as the universal symbols that seem to capture and express this phenomenon in the present.
In my work with stone, I like to begin not with quarried blocks but with natural stones as they are found in nature. They each have a story of a very long personal past. They pass through the present very quickly and, with altered identities, continue their journeys into an unimaginably long future. A sculpture that comes to mind, titled “Message from the Future” is a good example. The piece is made from Cheshire Quartzite, a very hard and durable stone formed some 540 million years ago. It became a standing stone, following in the longest tradition of megalithic sculpture. Pierced by a single four-foot, polished, round void, the sculpture exploits the circle, perhaps the oldest and most prevalent of archetypes. It is easy to imagine some distant future culture relating to the iconic shape of this then ancient artifact.
Metal, even bronze, is a new material relative to stone. Yet my search for archetypes from the past to translate to the future is very similar. Using stainless steel or bronze, two long-futured metals, I work toward shapes that resonate with beauty and emotion now and will continue to do so for future generations.
Much of my larger work is by commission now. These collaborations with clients and designers often reveal archetypes that would otherwise remain hidden from me. It is a pleasure to share these discoveries and then create a work of art that reinterprets them.