Sculptural Poems

The Language of Objects


The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO

Conceptually as well as visually  the sculptures are inspired by my interest in the evolution of pictographs and ideographs into the modern alphabet. To build these sculptural wall pieces I reconfigure found objects and then bind them together with painted waxed linen thread. The work is fabricated from wooden cast-offs such a scythe handles called snaths, parts from a shoe factory rack, cello pegs, canes, glass eyes and weaving shuttles.  The sculptures project a hands width from the wall cast shadows on the wall above and below.

Writing in the Riverfront Times about The Language of Objects at the Sheldon Art Galleries Jessica Baran says,…Each piece in the series was crafted to correspond with a letter and to the physical symbols from which that letter was derived, evoking a primitive communicative sense somewhere between music and poetry.”