|Stone carving is perhaps the oldest of the visual arts .Ever
since some cave dweller picked up a pebble and felt it's shapes
suggest human forms artists have been obsessed with the idea
that a stone contains a finished image, to be revealed by its
skillful peeling. I find this process the perfect metaphor for my
own true image hidden in the block of myself. As I peel a stone I
peel myself. It is not really my job to go into the studio and
make things; I go and listen, and try to report the news the
stones have to tell. When I work I look for the tragedy that
makes me laugh, the joke that brings tears, and, hopefully,
something beyond both.
|Outdoor sculpture is of Indiana limestone.
|Small sculptures are of various woods.
|Master Puppet Maker 21" H '87
|Woman Possessed By Her Own Shadow 27"H ' 88
|The designing and building of Chinese martial arts swords
began as many things do with me: if you cannot afford, or
cannot find what you want- build it. The designing of swords
is the working of a delicate puzzle. It must conform to the
needs of the martial style, but also to the needs of the
individual player (balance, hand and body size, weight, etc.).
While fulfilling traditional requirements and motifs, it must
also be a unique and satisfying sculptural form. A good
martial artist will use it as a musician does an instrument. It is
like re-designing a violin, over and over.