Solo show at devening projects + editions
August 28 – October 15, 2016
This group of sculptures, inspired by a fence display at Lowe’s, embraces the formal appeal of the ubiquitous staircase: it elevates, it frames, it references the body, and it has a distinct front and back. It also offers a way to organize space that mirrors the logic of my recent drawings. By stretching the riser and condensing the tread of each stair, I re-negotiate the structure’s use value and heighten the play between two and three dimensions, flatness and form.
I always start with drawing. Sometimes I jump from one body of sculptural work immediately into another, but I know better. The drawings offer a low-stakes way for me to arrange objects in imagined constructions. Nothing falls in a drawing! Working with ink wash led me to more layered and dense two-dimensional compositions. The stair sculptures are my attempt to apply this thought process to three dimensions.
Each scenario in the show comprises a particular color scheme. With application techniques adopted from my glazed ceramics, I use painted forms with blurred transitions to further emphasize overlapping relationships.
My approach is grammatical — I manipulate objects and materials into highly edited sentences, paragraphs, or stanzas. Whereas previous installations have felt like sparsely composed essays or poems, this grouping reads more like a collection of short stories. Each sculpture relates to the others stylistically, but ultimately remains self-sufficient.
Thank to Jason Dunda, Annette Hur, Scott Carter, Johana Moscoso, Marissa Benedict, and Leslie Baum for moral and material support with this work.
wood, fiberboard, drywall, joint compound, steel, marble, fabric, hand-needlepointed fabric, granite, brass, glazed stoneware, paint, stain
78 x 48 x 15 inches
wood, fiberboard, joint compound, papier maché, aluminum, fabric, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain
93 x 72 x 18 inches
wood, fiberboard, joint compound, pegboard, glazed stoneware, hand-dyed fabric, stone, steel, brass, marble, paint, stain
65 x 36 x 20 inches
wood, hand woven fabric, Sculptamold, joint compound, paint
60 x 9 x 19.5 inches
steel, wood, paint, mason line
46 x 52.5 x 4 inches
marble, brass, wood, hand-dyed fabric
15 x 10 x 3 inches
wood, pegboard, fiberboard, joint compound, fabric, paint
25.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches
wood, fiberboard, joint compound,
16 x 18 x 8 inches
wood, ink, paint
13 x 5.25 x 4 inches
wood, glazed stoneware, joint
17 x 6 x 1.75 inches
wood, steel, glazed stoneware, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain
27 x 21 x 1.5 inches
8 x 4 x 4 inches
8 x 8 x 4 inches
5 x 6 x 6 inches
7 x 5 x 5 inches
7 x 6 x 7 inches