The fact that the machines are composed of real materials that must obey the laws of physics and mechanics is a foundation. It is a truth apart from me that helps keep the work honest. Like most machines that we use every day, the design is guided by a particular utilitarian need. Unlike most machines, the utility that guides me is the expression of a thought or feeling. In this way my sculptures are ambiguous and open-ended. This is important because I want the pieces to be catalysts for any observer to find his or her own meaning and truth.

“Thinking Chair” is a kind of self-portrait. There is a place in the woods not too far from my studio where I go to walk and think. For years I have paced in circles around a particular stone outcropping. It is comforting to walk in slow circles as every cycle brings new understanding and clarity.

“Margot’s Cat” came about while exploring physical dynamics with a computer simulation program. Imaginary objects in lunar gravity are quite easily set into motion. Their trajectories are delightful to behold. This machine is both a response to that daydream and a playful thought about Margot, having passed away, is still playing with one of her many cats.