I spend a good deal of time looking for wood, both in lumber yards and in rural Ohio looking at old barns. I love how wood holds the memory of its growth within its grain, and how wood decays to reveal its growth structure.
All pieces are a mix of old and new. I want the history and identity of the wood to be present. The "x" form was chosen because of its power, stability and optical illusions. When observed from the side the form appears to contradict it's recession. From the side, the work appears light, with only points touching the wall, whereas from the front the work appears dense. The end result should appear simple, but with time reveal its complexity.
I am also interested in the tension of creating a rectangle that is almost a square. The form is projecting in such a way that perspective seems wrong as you move around it. This is strongly related to Chashitsu Architecture, where in Japanese Tea houses and gardens slight visual tricks are intended to pull one into the present moment. I am looking for a contemporary version of a 14th century Japanese aesthetic, honoring nature and confounding perception.
My work is strongly related to the craft aesthetic yet is not functional, it is reminiscent of American family farms yet it is strongly aligned with traditional Japanese aesthetics, and it is formal, reductive, and in its own way - lush.