My work presents actual physical phenomena - often of striking visual beauty - that
draw people into a careful noticing and interaction. I seek to provoke a sense of delight
and wonder and reward extended observation. Sometimes this involves developing an
apparatus to recreate and highlight some natural phenomenon observed in the world - the
swirl of fog blowing over a hill, the formation of ice on a puddle, or flow of water and
foam on the beach as a wave drains away. These things can fascinate yet often go un-
noticed until pointed out.

Other times I try to create instrumentation that allows us insight into normally invisible or
unnoticed phenomena – a mirror to reveal the color differences in the overhead sky and
the horizon sky or wind directional arrows that map out the complex interface of wind
and structure.

Occasionally I manufacture phenomena - a series of magnetically interacting pendulums
driven by the wind, the unexpected behavior of a loop of string shooting out from
between drive rollers, or the play of mechanical butterflies activated by viewers. The
behavior of these interactions can be affectively or visually delightful and balance on the
fascinating boundary between predictability and un-predictability.

  • Jul 5, 2015