"It comes through me but not from me and it is wonderful. It's what happens when the ether punches through." mgbarr
—most times—...waking from twilight sleep, I see shapes and movement under my eyelids - sometimes a sound, a scent, how the light creeps in, or memories from other times and spaces share a pinch of an image and as if starving, I grab a tool begin scraping, carving, digging, excavating to witness what punches through from the ether and through me - cause it sure ain't comin' from me.
—patterns are prevalent in many of my works. Patterns that repeat and navigate with a rudder and sometimes not; sometimes building on flat planes; sometimes dressed in layers and sometimes pulse throughout my conceptual, imagined, representational, and sculptural works.
—there is, also, a terror in making... revealed rather than invented or discovered, the worry travels to "where will the work end up, who will see it, treasure it, loathe it, be inspired or repulsed by it; will it be missed if lost, and will it miss me?
—the idea that these sketches will be shared and maybe each have a life of its own beyond my own perimeter brews both panic and pleasure. This sketchbook is a place where rules can be broken, or not; a story can unfold, or not; compositions can make sense, or not; deep meaning can exist, or not—no one peeks over your shoulder, and returning for a short or long visit is always a welcome diversion from the familiar.
—Currently, my focus is on sculptures, specifically "The First Shoe Collection," a collection of hand-built, full-sized, ceramic shoes inspired by a vintage "shoe last" found in a local antique store. It's a format that expands the sketchbook page and stretches far beyond the canvas.
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