The Dark Silver series consists of five sculptures that explore feelings associated with depression.
The sculptures are silver-plated copper vessels taking on forms inspired by violently-created mountains, cliffs and canyons.
Within the sculptures various scenes are taking place: a person held back by scarlet threads attempts to climb out of their prison; another lies in a copper coffin floating on a sea of coral bones; yet another hangs onto a rough steel nail within a silently screaming mouth.
The series is a vivid visual portrayal of one person's experience of this often misunderstood disorder.
I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
And more must, in yet longer light’s delay.
With witness I speak this. But where I say
Hours I mean years, mean life. And my lament
Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
To dearest him that lives alas! away.
I am gall, I am heartburn. God’s most deep decree
Bitter would have me taste: my taste was me;
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse.
Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
As I am mine, their sweating selves, but worse.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
When the Stranger Says "What is the Meaning of this City?"
This sculptural piece is a semi-humorous observation of the communal nature of the human race despite our inability to live together. Within this tabletop-city of copper cups and saucers, tiny, hand-carved wooden people go about their business, caught up in their own lives and oblivious of or uninterested in the lives of others. The artist seeks to create in the viewer an interest in the stories of everyday people.
Excerpt from Choruses from The Rock:
When the Stranger says: "What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?"
What will you answer? "We all dwell together
To make money from each other"? or "This is a community"?
Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.
This ergonomic cutlery set is made to fit the hands perfectly while eating, thus allowing one to concentrate less on the act of eating and more on conversation, friendship, and taste.
This replica of a dead moth in sterling silver seeks to question our human perception of value. What worth is a dead moth? But one made of silver, by a skilled craftsperson, and displayed in a gallery...now that has value.
For a full discussion on this sculpture, please read this article.