Commissioned by Vulcan, Inc. for Batik Apartments Lobby, Seattle, WA
Floral forms influenced by patterns and textile design are encrusted with hand-stitched vintage beads reclaimed from the costume jewelry waste stream. These modular elements unite labor intensive, organic handwork with mechanized production from industrial materials, resulting in a monumental work reaching nearly 11 feet in height.
Commissioned by Seattle City Light with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, South Park Neighborhood, Seattle, WA
Significant thematic threads connect Conduit to Seattle City Light’s T-117 Adjacent Streets Project and the mission of its Green Initiative. The translucent grid that lights up with direct sunlight that is seen in the vertical sculpture illuminates the infrastructure Seattle City Light supports, and references the woven fishing weirs historically used by the Duwamish people on this river. Circular patterns in the artwork elements located throughout the site illustrate cut ends of high voltage cables and suggest both interconnected strands of community bound together and the constant flow of energy. Colors and surface treatment of this sculpture, the stamped sidewalk and cast benches along South Donovan Street also underscore water’s central role as the primary energy source for Seattle City Light, and the natural meander of the original path of the Duwamish River.
Metalmorphosis, Bellevue Arts Museum Metals Biennial, Bellevue, WA
Studio sculpture built with public art scale and technique for the Court of Light at BAM.
From the artist's statement:
I rely heavily on botanical forms as a point of origin from which to explore relationships between environmental systems and human behavior.
This installation expands my studio practice focused on handworked metal by incorporating approaches more commonly seen in my public art practice. Increasing the scale of the work and using industrial and crowd-sourced fabrication extends the potential to create physcially immersive work that inverts the jewelry relationship of human to object and invites the viewer to wear or be worn by the work. Beauty and meaning are held in tension in this work, challenged by visual reference to plant pathogens and the material palette of industrial steel strapping and tie wire, and celebrated in the detailed surface treatment and persistent evidence of the hand.
Cloud Bike Racks
Commission for Stone34, located at 34th Street and Stone Way, Seattle, WA
This series of artist-designed bike racks references a graphic and stylized storm front punctuated by sun.
Waterjet cut and powdercoated steel, 3Form resin, fabricated by Ryan Landworth
Ebb & Flow
ArtsWA Art in Public Places Commission, Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA
The constant flow and sinuous curves of the Snohomish River are both inspiration and metaphor for this work. A series of five cast concrete cylinders with resin tops, these pieces were created as freestanding sculptural elements that double as seating perches in the green space adjacent to the school’s Promenade. The concrete was cast on site with gradated colorant, ranging from dark at the ground plane to light at the seat top, visually suggesting pier pilings marked by the fluctuating water levels of the river. The resin tops are cast in shades of blue and green and grey, calling up the range of colors seen in the river at different seasons and under different skies. The surface of each resin seat has been textured in a meandering “S” shape reminiscent of water flow.
Fabrication support and site construction from Advanced Landscape Management, Snohomish, WA.
Catch + Release
Magnolia Public Library, with support from the Libraries for All Levy, Seattle, WA
This pair of woven sculptures relates the exterior and interior of the meeting room at the Magnolia Library through its significant south-facing window. The interior branch is suspended from the ceiling at a slight downward angle, gesturing toward the window, and the basket is outdoors, viewable from the low window sill.The madrona tree around which the original library building and landscape architecture was designed provides the conceptual framework for Catch + Release. The title refers to the actions of fruiting and gathering, paired activities of [both] nature and humans that work as a metaphor for the relationship between library as information provider and patrons as collectors and disseminators.
Waterlogs + Leaf/Hull
Montlake Community Center, commissioned by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture with funding through the Community Center and Pro Parks Levies, Seattle, WA
WaterLogs + Leaf/Hull are a parenthesis of sculptures created for the center’s entry plaza: an ingress for visitors to the center and a connector between historic and contemporary architecture on site. The plaza score lines – placed to link the site with nearby Portage Bay and to contextualize the sculptures – were artist-designed and frame the relationship of the sculptures on site to both land and water. Leaf/Hull references both botany and boats; the laser-cut slits suggest a pattern of log booms from the past. WaterLogs was carved by hand by the artist out of wood reclaimed from 70 years on the bottom of Lake Union, the textured surfaces suggest a high water mark and barnacle accretion.
Lace Leaf Bike Racks
Commissioned by City of Kent Downtown Association, Kent, WA
Series of bicycle racks designed to reflect the greening of the downtown core and to promote a secure and attractive location for bike parking.
Powdercoated and hand painted steel, hand-cast resin