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.

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.

Eight Auspicious Acorns

Eight Auspicious Acorns

found wood, acorns, reed
12"x8"x2"
$385

Eight Auspicious Acorns references the eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism. In this case, the naturally auspicious form of eight acorns fit precisely within the width of the found wood material.

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

Book of Sassafras

Book of Sassafras

found wood, book cover, leaf, acrylic
13.5"x6.5"x2"
$385

Book of Sassafras explores the random, formal coincidences that occur when observing natural and found materials closely. In this case, the sassafras leaf manages to accurately conform to the gilded borders of an old, leather book cover.

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