GHOST MANZANITA (Front View): mixed media 45"x 32"x32"
       
     
MOON PICKER: mixed media 15"diam x 9"h
       
     
LEAF HOLDER: mixed media 14"diam x 5"h
       
     
WALKING ROOT: mixed media 15"diam x 12"h
       
     
SEED POD: mixed media 23"x 9" x 5"h
       
     
SARGASSO: mixed media 15"diam x 13"h
       
     
SARGASSO (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 13"h
       
     
HUMMING BIRD: mixed media 16"diam x 11"h
       
     
BLUE BRANCH VEINED: mixed media 15"diam x 11"h
       
     
BLUE BRANCH VEINED (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 11"h
       
     
SCORPIO'S CORACLE: mixed media 36"x 36"x 31"
       
     
GHOST MANZANITA (Front View): mixed media 45"x 32"x32"
       
     
GHOST MANZANITA (Front View): mixed media 45"x 32"x32"

These vessels are a departure for me, my first sculptural work. Yet they are also an outgrowth of my earlier paintings and drawings into a new form.

MOON PICKER: mixed media 15"diam x 9"h
       
     
MOON PICKER: mixed media 15"diam x 9"h

I have always relished the exploration of translucency and the layering of textures, and the ways these vessels hold and spill light and shadow takes this even further for me.

LEAF HOLDER: mixed media 14"diam x 5"h
       
     
LEAF HOLDER: mixed media 14"diam x 5"h

I construct them by molding fragments of drawings together using a mixture of thin tissue paper, medium, ink and pigment (a type of papier-maché technique).

 

WALKING ROOT: mixed media 15"diam x 12"h
       
     
WALKING ROOT: mixed media 15"diam x 12"h

Organic forms have always inspired me, especially trees, and here I have incorporated fragments of trees as well as my tree-based drawings.

SEED POD: mixed media 23"x 9" x 5"h
       
     
SEED POD: mixed media 23"x 9" x 5"h

Another organic form, another permeable container.

SARGASSO: mixed media 15"diam x 13"h
       
     
SARGASSO: mixed media 15"diam x 13"h

The notion of a vessel involves containing, a boundary between “inside” and “outside”.

 

SARGASSO (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 13"h
       
     
SARGASSO (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 13"h

The inclusions – grapevine roots, manzanita branches- challenge this boundary by being both inside and outside.

 

HUMMING BIRD: mixed media 16"diam x 11"h
       
     
HUMMING BIRD: mixed media 16"diam x 11"h
BLUE BRANCH VEINED: mixed media 15"diam x 11"h
       
     
BLUE BRANCH VEINED: mixed media 15"diam x 11"h

In each of the “Branch” vessels, there is a drawing loosely based on a hand that holds the bowl: the hand is transforming into tree branches and leaves.

BLUE BRANCH VEINED (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 11"h
       
     
BLUE BRANCH VEINED (Interior View): mixed media 15"diam x 11"h

In some, veins of wire have been embedded between the paper layers: these evoke both the veins of a leaf and the veins of the hand.

SCORPIO'S CORACLE: mixed media 36"x 36"x 31"
       
     
SCORPIO'S CORACLE: mixed media 36"x 36"x 31"

The words “vessel” and “departure” also imply a journey. These new forms are taking me on a creative journey, as I currently work to make them ever larger and more intricate in my studio practice.