Circularity Series

Recently I have been preoccupied with the idea of “circularity” and "cyclicality" . Our popular culture is rich with ' circular" references; “going around in circles”,  "the circle game" and “a dog chasing its tail”.  Spiritual practices and religions speak of the “wheel of life” that help us make sense the vicissitudes of our existence . More recently, complexity and chaos theory describes the rhythms of large systems –such ecosystems, organizations or societies- with concepts like the "cycle of creative destruction" and virtual/vicious cycles .

 On a more personal level, the notion of circularity seems to pop up naturally at certain  point in our lives.  When we have seen enough fads and trends, births and deaths, relationships, setbacks and victories, mistakes that we stumble over again and again ,then we slowly  start to discern larger patterns.....ebb and flow... rise and fall.... life death and rebirth..... impermanence.... 

These sculptures are about this dance of “circularity”  in its various manifestations and stages. The subject matter may vary:  the trajectory of a life lived,  geological events like swirlholes or kettles, a leftover gear from our industrial past or life events like a child leaving home.  Minimally these are vessels,  with rough edges and voids. Cable and wire run through and hold everything together ...barely. But there are also bright flashes of kiln formed glass and and worn surfaces that have been burnished over time into a high polish. 

Display note: Most of these sculptures (except the last)  are approximately 50 cm (h) x 50 cm (w) x 10 cm(d).  Ideally they can be suspended in front of a window (or other light source)  or in a free standing manner as a series. Can also be displayed outdoors in three seasons.