Time management, organization, discipline, disease, death, paper-pushing – these describe what occupied the first phase of my life. From that world I escaped and immersed myself in 3-dimensional art for this life-phase.
In today’s world the architectural landscape is for the most part, straight and right-angled. The contrarian in me therefore prefers the curved wheel-thrown form or the hand-built round sphere to carve. I collaborate with 3 ceramic artists, Daven Hee, Cory Lum and Joel Park – they throw beautiful forms for me – and watch while I take their lovely pieces and carve away at them. I like to think that I add something by cutting away….less is more.
Recently I have been carving my own hand-built pieces – they seem to have a slightly organic look – by that I mean human organ– perhaps remnants of my past life as a physician.
The carved designs are my mind’s interpretation of something I saw in a garden, in a shop, on the street – fragments of memories reinterpreted. They are spontaneously etched on clay and then carved – no drawings, no planning, no templates. The designs tend to be non-repetitive because carving the same pattern over and over again requires discipline and is, well, boring. The designs tend to be complex – I do not care how long a carving will take – days, weeks, months.
Carved pieces may be seen at:
Mercury Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Mercury Gallery, Rockport, Massachusetts
Mimi Gallery, Ipswich, Massachusetts
Cedar Street Galleries, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii State Art Museum Store, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Contemporary Museum Shop, Honolulu,
Hawaii Fishcake, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mimi, Ipswich, Massachusetts