For the past four years, I have been concentrating on steel sculpture using a method involving adding virgin and reclaimed materials to a tubular steel substructure and steel rod framework. Subtracting metal from these pieces with a cutting torch allows me to design negative spaces which are often lit from within by electrical light, ambient light or fire. Combining indelible materials (stainless steel, aluminum, chrome plate) with weather-able materials (mild steel, copper) allows for a great range of contrast and interplay of textures.
I often combine phrases in Tibetan script with subject matter such as mythical creatures and Asian devotional machines. The phrases may overtly state or quietly suggest the intentions of the creature, allowing the viewer to focus on the character of the piece and interact with it in various ways. A viewer may join their own intentions with those of the animal spirit within the work. For instance, a dragon praying for Peace or Compassion could serve as a vessel for the viewer’s own desire for peace and compassion.