The integration of art, architecture, and environment is key to my public work. I use geometry to describe the patterns of our behavior and natural phenomena. A line can take on multiple characteristics, from motion and sound to volume and depth. Repetition and continuity can imply rhythm, balance, progress, or stasis. These visual cues can affect a person’s perception of space and their place in it. I research how people work and live in the existing space. I ask questions about the way people interact with each other, what role other systems like weather and light play, how does sound refract off the walls, how close do people approach the building, are they looking at it face on or are they driving by quickly? The answers shape the artwork. I pay attention to the vision of the architect and ask how can my work respect the intentions of the building or bring out the good qualities in a plain design? The imagery I create is bold and unexpected yet I strive to see that it speaks to the place it occupies.
I lived in a rural community for a decade. The village was not apart from the forest. The continuity of the environment and social systems deeply affected the way I see and understand my surroundings, even in the urban landscape. Art can re-create that sense of wholeness between the physical and philosophical worlds.