1987, after eighteen years as a professional ceramic artist, I
began creating sculpture and installations to explore the links
between local daily life and environmental issues. For me, this
venue retains a healthy ceramic work ethic: community-oriented,
earth-based, labor-intensive, direct. More than visualizations
of obvious connections (domestic to industrial, natural to human
design), this genre can critique precarious situations while implying
hope through community action.
with everyday household objects and industrial materials culled
from local waste streams, and adding organic elements such as endangered native grasses or fruit
trees, I construct both large-scale installations and human-scale
assemblage in publicly accessible locations. Most are temporary.
Many are audience interactive. Collaborations - with public school
students, community action groups, community college horticulture
students, public infrastructure staff, and other artists - are natural
to this methodology.
fruits of this work are the one-to-one and the public discussions
it generates. The best of assemblage makes extraordinary connections
between ordinary materials. Collaborative assemblage installation
in community settings with indigenous materials can create positive
connections between us and our environment. It's a possibility.