The Process

"I have collected junk-pieces of rusted metal, broken and worn plastic, scraps of scarred wood-stuff that many people consider to be trash-for as long as I can remember. In some cases I thought the pieces had their own innate beauty; other pieces felt like they were parts of some greater whole.

I had trained in drawing and painting, -- selling portraits, drawings and paintings in the early 80s, but I had never tried sculpting. In the early 1990's, I began to see how the pieces of trash I had been collecting were like pieces to a puzzle, and I started to join them, connecting various disparate pieces by feel and intuition. The pieces became my shamans and guardian angels, or little people and animals that had some spirit wanting to be seen. When a trash sculpture takes on its form, it tells me of a part of 'the self' or myself, or humanity in general, that needs to be honored and seen.

In joining various parts of junk, I try to interfere as little as possible, letting the pieces choose where they belong. I feel the work is most successful when I have not tried to "make it into something" but rather have let the voice of the piece resonate and come forth with it's own meaning. My greatest joy comes when someone hears the voice of a piece and is somehow moved by it.

I have always been drawn to 'outsider' and 'na´ve' art and folk art from all cultures-to art that is simultaneously highly personal and universal in haunting and humorous ways. At a recent show someone commented "I don't know whether to genuflect or slap my knee" --I strive for my work to have that effect on others.