As an artist
I create pieces of furniture and sculpture to explore the aesthetic effect of
shape and boundaries and function.The
construction processes of architecture and transportation infrastructure frequently
influence my designs.I am attracted to
the aesthetics of efficiency found in engineered works and I find beauty in the
lines of structural necessity. Through
the use of materials previously unexplored in my work new ideas are generated
and new forms soon follow.In these explorations
I employ synthetic fabrics and skin on frames structural systems, frequently
used in aircraft and lightweight boats, to search for a greater understanding
of the relationship of structure, surface and shape in studio furniture.
Box Beam is an exploration of a material and a technique I have never before used. Taking a cue from structural engineering, the bones of this piece are assembled using pin joints and triangulation resulting in an extremely light weight and durable frame, similar to a box beam turned on end. The skin is made of Dacron, a synthetic heat shrink fabric typically used in aircraft and high end ultra light kayaks. The resulting light weight volume was balanced with a mass of solid plywood and represents the economy of efficiency found in engineering scaled to relate to the human body.
Box Beam Light 2012 7" x 24" x 61" Dacron, Ash, Plywood
Air Frame Light 2012 6" x 28" x 88" Dacron, Ash, Plywood
Shelter for Longship 2012 34" x 43" x 94" Dacron, Ash, Plywood