The Tao philosophy includes being aware of life changes and how we are connected to each other in past and present and the stages of life. How does the installation represent this idea for you?
The opportunity for this exhibition occurred quite unexpectedly. At first I really had no idea exactly what I would do. I had visited the space before and immediately felt compelled to interact with it. I don’t work in a premeditated manner; rather I trust what I feel the experience of the installation should be. I work in dialogue with various materials available to me at the time and what I might be thinking about in a subconscious way. A balance between form and formless: a space Eckhart Tolle lectures about. The installation itself you could say is an act of “wei wu wei” (action without action). It could be said doing and letting things form without forcing something to be.
Your work is influenced by personal experience and literature. What writings or writers are speaking to you as you develop your new work?
I listen to lectures from Joseph Campbell and Eckhart Tolle. I read the writings of Alan Watts and Benjamin Hoff. Presently writings from Iain McGilchrist and Carl Jung are of interest. I don’t consider myself an avid reader but I do enjoy reading about mythology, psychology and how we perceive our surrounds.
Much of your work involves traditional craft practices; can you speak to some of the woodworking and fabric methods you include in the development of this installation?
How did you learn these various methods of craftwork?
What were some of your earliest art making memories?
How did they influence what you do now?
Although the installation may be a manifestation of certain ideas with symbols and metaphors, I kept thinking about how I might express or share connections that occur between objects and ourselves when we try to bring meaning to things. It is my personal belief that as with art we simply “are” but when we try to bring meaning to objects or ourselves we inadvertently “carve” complex, colorfully ornate Jungian archetypes.