Professor of Fine Arts
Just Say Yes - 2013

Antique Lenses

        The circle fascinates me, both as a symbol of self, wholeness and totality and as a power for the way the world works. Nature moves in circles. The seasons form a great circle and yet always return year after year, season after season. Small droplets form rain; circles that fall from the sky to the earth, only to be recycled through natures processes and again fall as rain from the sky.  A never ending cycle, a never ending process. I believe we are like the circle.....never ending.  Nature moves in circles.        

         Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man once said: “The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” The circle is a symbol of self, wholeness and totality, so I use antique optical eyes lenses as one of my surfaces to paint on. The interaction of the lighting on the suspended lenses cast a shadow of the tiny paintings on the wall. Depending on how the light hits the lens determines the cast shadow. If the light or the angle of the lens changes, so too does the shadow. The installations are intended to create an environment where each lens draws the viewer into the work and intimately deeper within themselves.