Over the past several years I have been working with the metal casting process to create my sculpture. The sources for my work are drawn from the landscape and the processes that have formed it, the scale and power of industry, and the effect that environmental forces have on human ordering, ranging from remote ancient ruins to urban archeology.
I see the processes and elements used to shape metal in the foundry as a metaphor for the forces that have shaped and are shaping our environment.
What interests me most about a cast object is its fossil like nature: its ability to retain and convey information. The marks of the sand mold, the flashing and the cracks left from the molten metal shrinking and the natural patina of the metal all convey history.
My most recent castings address the way creative forces in nature shape material; comparing time and material. Wood fragments blown from trees struck by lightning, boulders worn by glaciers and water, and currently hybrid oversized gourds have been used for patterns for the castings.
Each cast iron wedge weighs approximately 1,000 lbs
The shape of each wedge is determined by the angel of the sides of the mold and the incline of the mold in the ground.
The project is on going..........