Dedication to Success
This is the very first arch that I built. The marble was given to me early in the summer by a mason with whom I had worked on a previous project. It had been piled in a 'free fill lot': accessible and open; my first stone studio.
At the time I was working in an art gallery as an interior designer and sales representative. Every day after work, I'd work some more, hammering these stones into shape, testing and studying. By September I had learned to build an arch. Using my VW Jetta as a marble transport, I re-built this arch on site in Burlington.
This sculpture won third place in the SEABA show in Burlington, Vermont. Though the Jetta has since retired, this sculpture still stands strong in a private Burlington, North End garden.
Recycle, Refresh, Renew
"A Little Screwy" was built in the summer of 2005, for the Helen Day Art Show: Exposed! in Stowe, Vermont. Once the show was completed I dismantled this piece so that it could join the arches in my front yard, completing the "Triple Flip" (pictured in the upper right).
The beauty is the whole. not the individual, but the entire being.
We are a group of humans on a planet, our job is to see each other as valuable and honor, and cherish one another accordingly, and care for and cultivate the earth which supports our existence.
I believe that my hands are smarter than I am, and that they operate on their own, and bring me along for the adventure, and take notes about what we did together while we were there.
Front Yard Responsibility
My entire stone theory, my life theory actually, is represented by this triple-helix of my front yard. One of the select pieces that so many of my life changes can be attributed to.
I love the grace of heavy rocks, and their shout-out to freedom and effortlessness. This piece is one that you can walk around or sit on and feel its strength. At about one-hundred feet long, it is still growing. I continue adding to it as I bring home simple rocks and completed sculptures looking to be repurposed.
Beauty should look simple yet be very complex. Looking through the spiral it's possible to see the stone roll up and around. Though suspension may look impossible for heavy rocks, their weight balances and exchanges to hold each other in place.