“Form follows function,” a phrase coined by Modern architect Louis Sullivan, was an exciting concept that I was introduced to through my study of interior design. Painting had been my original medium, one I had loved in my early years as an artist. But now, the clean and simple aesthetic ethos of Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe, one that professed that “less is more,” piqued my interest in the work of the Modernist Bauhaus movement of the 20th century. This influenced my design sensibilities and awakened in me a desire to become a sculptor. I couldn’t wait to get my hands in clay.
My early sculptures reflected this appreciation of the Bauhaus Movement. Over the years my sculpting style has evolved into a more loose, impressionistic, expressive style. I have drawn inspiration from various master sculptors including Moore, Rodin, Brancusi, Modigliani, and even the avant garde work of Niki de Saint Phalle.
My sculptures’ themes range from those that are reflective of a personal journey to more whimsical studies. I strive to capture a moment in time and a particular emotion as a reference point. I take solace and I create hope. My art mirrors my journey through life’s pendulum. It is both my personal story and yet the story of many.
Progressively my work has turned more symbolic in its message. It is now one of universal hope and equanimity. My most recent work is about creating pieces that evoke a strong connection with the viewer’s personal sensitivities, emotions and beyond. As an artist, my goal is to evoke emotion and inspire. My artwork reflects and brings into focus contemporary issues I am passionate about.
Hands of Peace is a sculpture in progress that will go to a mold and be completed in stainless steel. I have used Chavant clay over metal and a wire armature to create each hand, which in turn help make up the larger symbol. The intertwined hands circumnavigate the outer circle while the inner peace symbol will be illuminated internally.
This sculpture represents my personal sentiment of how deeply divided, fragmented, and cynical the world we live in is becoming. The hands “struggle” to keep the peace together: touching, holding and supporting one another. Mankind must make a concerted effort to put down their weapons and disagreements as expounded in John Lennon’s famous epithet, “Give peace a chance.”
Through my volunteer work, I realized art is also about sharing, teaching, and helping others create and find renewed hope when they thought there was none. I have volunteered for various organizations that have influenced my sensibilities, i.e. StandWithUs, Piece by Piece, And most recently, Israel Guide Dogs for the Blind.