steel, concrete, ritual utensils, 2012
Using meditative and ritualistic practices, these works conjure deeper spiritual meaning out of commonplace objects. As single threads come together through the act of weaving to create a plane of cloth, these objects conceptually bind together through their arrangements to create a whole. The ongoing act of Collecting is the first step that gives each fragment of a piece a new purpose. These objects are re-considered through their new context in the Collection and their accumulation with the others. This leads to their physicality being altered in response to their inherent materiality to create new symbolism. A twisted piece of driftwood is carved by hand to grow grasping hands. An array of bone splinters is arranged to resemble the diagram of an exoskeleton. These natural elements, already so small and so weathered, would go unnoticed, ground deeper into the soil and salt with every moment left untouched. Through their Collection and Arrangement, the objects gain a new life. The semi-permanent compositions give them both the deeper meaning brought on by the momentary curation, as well as a tactile purpose – defining them as ever-movable elements in the mysterious ritual. Like tarot cards, their conceptual readings may differ with every placement.