A fascination with patterns and systems, whether visible or invisible, is the common thread weaving through my work. Like solving puzzles, I set rules and follow them to their logical conclusions. An underlying preoccupation with structure and repetition leads me to devise and then decode these riddles over and over again.
The ongoing series DRAWINGS IN THREE DIMENSIONS, begun during a three-year stint in Japan, is the outgrowth of a two-dimensional sketch journal in black and white. Hovering between drawing and sculpture, the compositions are defined by repetitive mark-making within the confines of certain rules. Each piece begins with the making of marks which are subsequently codified into a sort of visual law, then broken apart and reconstructed as a three-dimensional object. The resulting configurations, which only reveal themselves in the course of executing the rules, alternate between organic shapes like those found in agate stones and geometric forms that evoke the irregular rhythm of stalactites and stalagmites.
The ongoing series MINERALS is an examination of stereotyping – the hidden systems that inevitably drive human behavior in all cultures and societies. It was initially developed in the United States using references from American culture. The series was later reinterpreted to address a Japanese audience following a 2-month research residency at Tokyo Arts and Space. As a dual French/American citizen, I plan to extend the series to encompass references from the cultures of France and French-speaking nations.