My art is exploring biology and technology, including those forces that we recognized but never quite fully witness. I create kinetic sculptures that move at the speed of plant growth, which unexpectedly is the speed at which 99.7% of all biomass on this planet moves. Several of my pieces experiment with capillary action, a scientific term most of us do not recognize but refers to a biological mechanism that we do understand, i.e. how a piece of rope soaks up water defying gravity. I also have a heightened awareness of just how much technology surrounds as does nature, but most of us do not really understand how either works. My work explores these conundrums, the juxtaposition of nature and technology, and how technology is transforming our conception of time. As I used the internet, electronics, and computers, I started to question and explore how they worked. As a result, I use steel to illustrate these micromechanisms and devices that have had such an enormous impact on human experience.
My earlier work was mainly hand-forged and activated by winding mechanical parts such as springs or gear shifts. More recently, I have been creating sculptures that explore the relationship between time and transformation through the interaction of water, air, and solid materials which cause the sculptures to react. In one of my pieces, a small reservoir is filled with water and, over the course of days or weeks, the water is drawn out through capillary action. Capillary action (sometimes capillary motion or wicking) is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, or even in opposition to, external forces like gravity. The capillary action ultimately causes the water in my sculptures to evaporate and, as a result, other segments of the sculpture slowly lower or move until they reach their resting point. In addition to my kinetic work recently I have been making hand forged steel drawings of technological symbols like transistors, resisters and logic gates. These mechanisms are digital information which we use every day but we do not think of them or know what they are these. The transistor is almost as monumental as the invention of the wheel, it is the building block of digital age.