These small, encaustic on wood sculptures are a three dimensional exploration of a motif that has long occupied my painting – landscape interrupted by architectural elements. It is my belief that the landscape and light we experience as children forms the very basis of our art and, if we are fortunate, we experience many landscapes throughout our lives. I was born and spent my earliest years in the tropical, urban, park-like landscape of New Orleans, Louisiana. When I began to paint I returned to that landscape and its architecture for some of my most powerful imagery.
Over time, the narrative painting of my early career gave way to more abstract imagery. The light and geometry of the Louisiana Gulf Coast with its luminous expanse of marsh, sea and sky, intersected by pylons and camp structures, has become a new “fortunate landscape.”
In this body of work I pull from both landscapes. By making the elements of each sculpture un-fixed and movable, I can arrange and rearrange until the composition resonates with a personal memory. In theory, each sculpture contains many sculptures and I want that possibility for myself as well as the viewer.