Chum

2014

Art is a work of magic---between the artist and the artwork, between the artwork and the viewer.

The primary idea informing and shaping these assemblage sculptures is a transformative process called, object alchemy. Crafted from an assortment of found objects sometimes disparate in nature, the ready-made is transformed into the handmade. Selective, while open minded, instinct guides my collection. Each part, initially manufactured for some other intended purpose, chock full of embedded meaning, is brought together through experimentation and intuitive invention to create an amalgam form---farfetched from their individual, original intent. With attention to such formal concerns of form as: shape, line, surface, material, and scale, the essential ingredient is the transmutation of the object parts, through which new relationships emerge, perceptions and meaning alter. They devise into another language of ambiguous associations conjured from unconscious mind, fit together and formed as art object. Morphology altered, transcendent of the utilitarian, mundane and decorative, they become noble objects of contemplation, evocations of a collective subconscious, catalysts of imagination eliciting interaction. While shaped by the hand of my personal aesthetic, they are left marked in some way by the viewer's own encounter, response, and interpretations---changed.