“Collars” is a simple title meant as an easy invitation to entry. The complexity of the series reveals many layers, the more important are seven:
1. Time. Imbuing the work with a sense of patience, and thus time (2-4years in creation), to be felt instinctually first, not intellectually. These works are objects of devotion, rather than a pure conceptual translations.
2. Gravity. Carving the stone to extreme forms, the possibilities of which are defined by this force, Hence, these works become portraits of science, not mythologies.
3. Homage. Stone is a material of Global heritage, new technologies make new work in a traditional material exciting and maintains the link to our human history.
4. Portrait. Redefining the traditional western ‘bust’ as the patterns by which we are known, catalogued, shaped; no longer solely a 3-D facial construction, but a compilation of interlocking systems and patterns.
5. Political systems. Creating unique individual works, strong alone, but when brought together the “whole would be greater than it’s parts”… and search for sustainable interrelated systems/ patterns.
6. Craft. Pushing the craft into the 21st century by carving from the “inside out”, creating matrices by using CNC machines and dental tools. Combining the ancient and the contemporary.
7. Perspectives. Concluding each object, after the years of work, i ‘let go’. Placing the marble in a larger natural setting begins time’s slow decay. the erasure of all that ego, the documentation of these moments is more significant than the actual object.