If you look quietly enough, you may begin to understand the silent and unassuming beauty of objects that are on their journey of decay.
My appreciation for the deteriorating fragments of metal and bone unearthed on my property during numerous reconstruction projects has evolved over the years. On first encounters, I ignored the random bone or iron piece lying in amongst the dirt, roots, and pebbles in a shovel-full of soil. Eventually, I began to recognize the hidden beauty in the lines, shapes, textures, and colors of these exhumed objects, inspiring me to begin a collection that eventually found its way into my work.
While I’ve been incorporating found objects into my art for some time, it was only recently that I took a more deliberate look at those objects whose original form and purpose have expired. These excavated bits and pieces presented me with new aesthetic opportunities and ultimately helped define the direction of my current work.
The challenge when assembling my artwork was not in recognizing the sculptural beauty of these unearthed items; that part came easily. The challenge was in figuring out how to mount and display them without compromising their aesthetic, or risking further damage. It was then that I realized just how delicate these pieces were... that traditional approaches for incorporating these items into a work were no longer as effective, and new methods are required in order to protect the fragile condition of the objects.
It is this fragility that symbolizes the strength and beauty of the work.
I suspect in many ways we are all conditioned to dismiss those things that are nearing the end of their useful lives. Perhaps it’s only when we near ours, that we begin to understand.