The mixed media structures and installations I make are the result of looking intimately at life and absorbing its lessons. Beginning with an analysis of structures found in nature, I isolate individual components through process, intensifying their effect. Making the work then becomes intuitive.
The construction techniques used to make these structures are similar to those used by makers of simple shelters throughout history around the world. They are not based on any single model. Hopefully the exaggeration of their forms abstracts them, so that they do not appear to be grounded in any specific reality.
Usually I use kozo, the bark of a Japanese mulberry tree, as my main construction medium. This bark is a renewable resource; for thousands of years it has been harvested annually and made into a paper that is extremely strong and beautiful. Recently I have added hemp, flax, and more indigenous materials to my pallet. Often I stretch paper like skin over an armature of reed, cane or bamboo. These manual processes possess an ancient, timeless quality that I continue to find seductive.