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I am always intrigued by openings; openings in the ground, in rock fissures, cracks in the lake ice or openings that in actuality are closings, for example when ice begins to form around the shallow edges of a pond. I am also interested in openings that are difficult to see; those for which you must be patient. I believe the natural world presents openings to those who can exercise that patience and through those openings, sacredness is revealed. The work in this gallery, in particular, explores those openings and the possibilities that lie therein.
In my travels, I collect a multitude of stones, bones, feathers and other items of interest to a naturalist at heart. The design incorporated in the these pieces to are inspired by the patterns observed on animal skulls which is formed by the conjuncture of two or more plates. It is a pattern which can be observed repeatedly in the natural world, not only in the minute detail of skeletal structures, but on a large scale in the shape of coastlines and the cutting of a river through steep canyons, viewed from above.
"Shifting Sands" was my first attempt at using a specially formulated paper clay that would hold a firm edge and allow me to create effects such as this feel of a wind swept desert.