Form is Emptiness/Emptiness is Form

Form is Emptiness/Emptiness is Form

mixed-media with found objects
28"x28"x3"
2017
$2,550

“Form is Emptiness/Emptiness is Form" refers to a popular Buddhist teaching called the Heart Sutra. It explains that all phenomena are fundamentally empty of form, feeling, volition, perception and consciousness. In this work, black is white and white is black, creating a non-dual relationship of interconnection. For example, a shadow cannot exist without light. The yin/yang symbol of Taoism is also referenced.

Slice of a Zen Garden

Slice of a Zen Garden

found wood, rope, bamboo, sand, stone, string, acrylic
25.5"x13.75"x6.5"
2017
$1,230

The triangular, pie-slice shape of this work was informed by the angles in a found piece of wood from an old chair. The gentle arc of the chair back combined with the focal point of the triangle's apex, suggests a slice of a Zen dry garden. This slice may be seen as a contemplative moment in a monk's daily routine of raking sand around a stone.

Rope or Snake

Rope or Snake

mixed-media with found objects
23.5"x21"x2"
2017
$1,500

The Snake Rope story is a key Buddhist teaching on ignorance. It reveals that once we see things as they are (for example, when a rope is not a snake, but a rope), our suffering may cease. The wisdom gained from this realization allows us to live fearlessly, without illusion.

Enso of Samsara

Enso of Samsara

found wood, foam, soil, glass, hardware, acrylic
21"x21"x4"
2017
$1,420

The enso is a circular, Japanese calligraphic brush stroke often used by monks as a form of meditation in action. The black and white forms in “Enso of Samsara" are coated in soil, referencing the cyclic nature of all things, while echoing the cyclic, directional energy of the enso. Samsara is a cycle of suffering through life, death and rebirth. This suffering can be alleviated through the wisdom found in the Buddhist 4 Noble Truths, indicated by the four glass globes along the outer perimeter of the piece. The 4 Noble Truths are: 1) there is suffering; 2) there is a source of the suffering; 3) the suffering may cease; and 4) there is a path to this cessation.

Emergent Enso

Emergent Enso

found wood, foam, soil, acrylic
18.25"x24.5"x1.5"
2017
$1,450

Under certain weather conditions, a natural process occurs that allows water crystals to generate patterns of frost on a window pane. This is an example of emergence. Similarly, in “Emergent Enso," an enso form breaks through an encrusted soil surface leaving a natural pattern of black stains. The density, directional flow and resultant shape of these stains emerge from an amalgam of certain conditions, for example, soil topography, concentration of black pigment and number of pigment applications. Opening to this type of random, formal aesthetic is a way of “letting go," allowing shapes to emerge naturally, and embracing them just as they are.

Primordial Dot

Primordial Dot

found wood and objects, acrylic, graphite
28"x21.5"x3.5"
2017
$1,960

“Primordial Dot" references the following quote by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and teacher: “We call it a dot because it occurs very abruptly in the situation, on the spot. If you are driving quite fast and you see an intersection up ahead and you are uncertain which way to turn, at that point, there is a gap and the dot occurs." At the center of the blackened circle lies a clear glass ball. This piece of glass represents the clear mind that exists within the gap or primordial dot.

This work is currently on display and available for purchase at Crooked Tree Art Center's Art Tree Sales Gallery. Contact the gallery HERE.

Alternating Grain

Alternating Grain

found wood, acrylic
15"x15"x2"
2017
$790

The primary material in “Alternating Grain" is a piece of weathered plywood that was found in the desert of Nevada. The highly accentuated grain texture follows a strong, unidirectional path. When the wood was cut into squares and arranged in an alternating grid form, the opposing directional forces were equalized. The arrangement suggests that at the core of dual opposition lies a non-dual middle zone.

Alternating Slots

Alternating Slots

found wood, screen, screws, acrylic
14"x12"x2"
2017
$590

Alternation is a common theme used to explore non-duality, an elevated state of consciousness that transcends dichotomy. This awareness allows dual relationships such as I/other to dissolve and unify into one. The alternating pattern of screw slots collectively equalize each other creating a visual example of non-duality.

This work is currently on display and available for purchase at Crooked Tree Art Center's Art Tree Sales Gallery. Contact the gallery HERE.

 

Nail Bed

Nail Bed

found wood, nails, acrylic
8.5"x13"x3"
2016
SOLD

“Nail Bed" refers to duhkha, the Sanskrit word for suffering. Duhkha acknowledges that, as humans, we experience a fundamental painfulness in our everyday lives. This form of suffering is outlined in the Buddhist Four Noble Truths. The repeating nail grid also introduces the notion of samsara, the Sanskrit word for continuing, cyclic change.

Nail Collection

Nail Collection

wood, nails, acrylic
7.25"x22.25"x2.5"
2016
$565

 

This work is currently on display and available for purchase at Crooked Tree Art Center's Art Tree Sales Gallery. Contact the gallery HERE.

Shiny/Dirty: An Impermanence Mantra

Shiny/Dirty: An Impermanence Mantra

mixed-media with found objects
21.75"x16.5"x2"
2017
$1,275

Assorted Animal Oculi

Assorted Animal Oculi

found wood, hardware, glass, collage, acrylic, graphite
14"x14"x2"
2017
$690

Centric Diatom Collection

Centric Diatom Collection

found wood, nails, collage, acrylic, graphite
13"x13"x3"
2017
$760

Knots: A Contemplation

Knots: A Contemplation

wood, acrylic, rope
24"x24"x3.5"
2016
$1,875

“Knots: A Contemplation" acknowledges that suffering is a part of being human. Each knot and its fray suggests this suffering and all of its associated messiness. To work with alleviating this suffering, each knot was tied as an act of meditative performance using a contemplative practice called “loving-kindness" or “maitri" in Sanskrit. The practice recognizes unconditional, all-inclusive love that begins with oneself and extends outward to one's enemies. The repetitive nature of this process can also be seen as a form of visual mantra.

This work is currently on display and available for purchase at Michigan Artists Gallery. Contact the gallery HERE.

Mending: A Contemplation

Mending: A Contemplation

wood, acrylic, rope
24"x24"x1.5"
2016
$1,875

“Mending: A Contemplation" uses the meditative act of loving-kindness practice as a performative, art-making process. Each two-stitch mend includes healing wishes for the artist in one stroke and for others in the second. The others include family, friends, neutral relationships and even enemies. The subtle, alternating stitch pattern of each mend creates a non-dual middle zone, known to Buddhists as The Middle Way. The repetitive nature of this process can also be seen as a form of visual mantra.

This work is currently on display and available for purchase at Michigan Artists Gallery. Contact the gallery HERE.

108 Malas for 108 Kleshas

108 Malas for 108 Kleshas

wood, rope, acrylic
56"x50"x6"
2017
$2,800

 

Prairie Grass Collection

Prairie Grass Collection

found wood and hardware, twine, prairie grass, acrylic
78"x34"x6"
2017
$950

Wetlands Collection

Wetlands Collection

found wood and other plant material, glass twine, acrylic
24"x32.5"x3"
2017
$1,690

Goatsbeard: A Scrambled Side View

Goatsbeard: A Scrambled Side View

found wood and hardware, collage, acrylic
19.25"x10.5"x7"
2017
$700

Wheel of Life

Wheel of Life

found wood and objects, acrylic
40"x19"x5"
2017
$2,470

Downward Gaze

Downward Gaze

found wood and objects, soil, acrylic
28"x9.5"x8"
2016
$930

Dora Maar: Lost at Sea

Dora Maar: Lost at Sea

mixed-media with found objects
20"x26"x 7"
2017
$1,600

This work was created for the invitational exhibition "Channeling Picasso," curated by Sue Ann Round, directer of the Michigan Artists Gallery in Traverse City, MI. For this exhibition, artists freely interpreted a painting by Pablo Picasso, entitled "Woman With Green Hat." My interpretation was initially motivated by the boat-like form of the green hat, combined with two found pieces of triangular plywood. Since the painting was created just after the beginning of WWII, the model, Dora Maar, displays a pensive expression with a mask-like appearance that suggest uncertainty, as if something is lost. These qualities are the primary inspiration for "Dora Maar: Lost at Sea."

Looking or Seeing

Looking or Seeing

found wood and frame, soil, doll eyes, acrylic
8"x9"x3"
2016
SOLD

“Looking or Seeing" asks a direct question about one's perceptual awareness of the world. Do you passively look upon it or do you actively engage in seeing it?