Cast cotton fiber sculpture
Cotton fibre pulp is a media I have found to be ideal for casting my wall sculptures as the purity of the white cotton paper both underlines and accentuates the essence of my design concepts.
In my mind, sculpture is ultimately about form and texture. By creating work with cast paper I can incorporate an infinite variety of shapes, forms and textures into my sculpture that allow for the unbridled expression of power, movement and emotion.
I find that the ethereal qualities of cast paper sculpture are endlessly fascinating to explore. I love creating three dimensional surfaces that can both enliven light and be made so as to appear to float or hover when installed in place.
One could say that my style defies description. I can and love to create cast paper sculpture in a variety of styles ranging from realism to the abstract.
I am proud to introduce you to my ever expanding collection of cast-paper, abstract wall sculptures. Please enjoy your tour.
BAS-Relief on Sunken-Relief
Cast cotton fibre paper & Styrofoam 29" high by 24" wide by 2" deep
Black Star is an exploration of form and texture derived from combining a sunken relief model I created in Styrofoam with a bas-relief I created in cast paper. The two sculptures are separated by a space of approximately one-half an inch. I was quite surprised by the effect of cutting the "stars" in the surface of the bas-relief which was an illusion of far greater depth than the actual half inch space that exists between the two surfaces.
Cast cotton fibre paper & acrylic 35" wide 24" high 2" deep
Transition Two is one of my most complex cast paper sculpture to date. I created the model for this biomophic piece in Styrofoam by cutting, then layering the various parts of the model to create the form the finished sculpture would ultimately take. I created the surface texture on the Styrofoam model using thermal tools to melt the Styrofoam in a controlled manner. When the modeling process, including the "thermal carving" is complete I pack the entire sculpture with an archival cotton linter pulp. When the pulp dries, the resulting sculpture Transition Two was removed from the mold and painted with metalic acrylics.
Amazingly enough, this entire sculpture with its comples, intricate form and richly defined surface texture is comprised in its entirety on but a single sheet of paper.
Transition Two is a one of a kind sculpture.
At the time I created Blackbirds Rising (2011) my studio was located in an old Coast Guard station in Kent County, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. The drive from my home to the studio was through one of the most picturesque areas of the mid-Atlantic, namely an incredible landscape of gently rolling wheat and corn fields. Autumn was my favorite time of year to enjoy this landscape. The colors of fall combined with the incredible formations of thousands of blackbirds engaging in their sweeping aerial acrobatics provideed all the inspiration I would need to create this piece.
Blackbirds Rising is a large, cast-paper wall sculpture in a dyptich format. The sculpture is 48" high by 98" wide by 2.5" deep. It has a highly textured surface painted with metallic acrylics portraying the post harvest grain fields, the wind swept turbulent skies, and the low on the horizon sun that are signaling the fast approaching arrival of winter. The blackbirds, numbering more than 100 indvidual birds, each hand crafted from cut paper were superimposed on the surface to complete the work.
Blackbirds Rising is a one of a kind sculpture.
I initailly created Cross Current to experiment with the texture and colors I wanted to use on Blackbirds Rising, which at the time existed on a sketch pad. This piece, inspite its experimental beginnings soon took on a life of its own. It was as one critic said, alive with energy, as if it had a pulse. Cross Current also made a major contribution in bringing Blackbirds Rising to fruition.
Cross Current is a cast paper wall sculpture painted with metallic acrylics. The wall sculpture measures 14" high by 14" wide by 1/2" deep.
Cross Current is a one of a kind sculpture.
Radiance is a large, cast paper wall sculpture measuring 72" high by 48" wide by 3" deep. The sculpture, including its highly fluid, complex surface texture was cast in one single sheet with gold acrylic highlights added after the casting was complete. Radiance is mounted on a wood box frame covered with gold fabric.
Radiance is a one of a kind sculpture
The inspiration for my wall sculpture Black Ice came about during an extended visit in the dead of winter to Islesboro, Maine. Every day, as I walked the rocky shoreline, I got to take in the most amazing sunrises I have yet to encounter as I walked the rocky shore line observing the turbulent, frigid waters of Penobscot Bay.
I created the model for Black Ice in Styrofoam using a variety of thermal tools. Once complete, the model is actually a sunken relief or a mold that I could use to cast a bas (low) relief. I used a cotton linter pulp to cast Black Ice and painted the resulting paper casting with acrylics.
This sculpture is supported by a small box frame. The box frames create a strong sense that the sculpture is "floating" away from the wall as well as fascinating shadows in the changing light of day.
Black Ice is a one of a kind sculpture.
Many people are drawn to my wall sculpture Magenta 9 by the mysterious nature of its surface texture. Most viewers of the work are convinced that I spread and attached a certain type of bean or seed to a sheet of paper in order to create the piece. Naturally, they are quite amazed to learn that I created the model for Magenta 9 in Styrofoam using a variety of thermal tools. Once complete, the model is actually a sunken relief or a mold that I could use to cast a bas (low) relief. I used a cotton linter pulp to cast Magenta 9 and painted the resulting paper casting with acrylic.
This wall sculpture is mounted on a canvas covered wooden box. The sculpture is 26" high by 22" wide by 3.5" deep.
Magenta 9 is a one of a Kind Sculpture
Stampede was among my very first purely abstract wall sculptures. My intent with this sculpture was to create a piece that captured the randomness and unpredictable nature of life. My inspiration for Stampede was the magnificent, Jackson Pollock.
I created the model for Stampede in Styrofoam using a variety of thermal tools. Once complete, the model is actually a sunken relief or a mold that I could use to cast a bas (low) relief. I used a cotton linter pulp to cast Stampede, leaving the resulting paper casting unpainted and pure white.
The suface texture on Stampede is highly complex and fluid. The sense of motion is palpable giving the piece a very powerful presence that creates a strong emotional response in many who see this work.
Stampede is 40" high by 32" wide by 2.5" deep. The sculpture is mounted on a fabric covered wood box.
Stampede is a one of a kind sculpture.
My sculpture Tanglewood is a large piece measuring 48" high by 60" wide by 3" deep. This highly abstract work, with its sweeping, rythmic surface presents my vision in sculpture of an uplifting musical score.
I created the model for Tanglewood in Styrofoam using a variety of thermal tools. Once complete, the model is actually a sunken relief or a mold that I could use to cast a bas (low) relief. I used a cotton linter pulp to cast Tanglewood, painting portions of the completed paper casting with metalic and acrylic paints.
Tanglewood is a one of a kind sculpture.
I created Dusk as an experiment to see the work that would result from changing the orientation and adding color to Stampede, my first pure abstrract sculpture in cast paper. I began by rotating Stampede to a horizontal plain from vertical plain then painted the sculpture in muliti shades of lavender acrylic and gold metalic paints. The results were quite dramatic, revealing a number of totemic figures on the surface of the sculpture that I am certain I had not consciously created when I made my Styrofoam model for Stampede.
A completely different sculpture than its "sibling" Dawn measures 32" high by 40" wide by 3" deep.
Dusk is a one of a kind sculpture.
24" by 13" Cast Paper and Acrylic
My cast paper wall sculpture Alchemy was born out of my love of manipulating scale and texture to
create a pictorial expression. The scale
of this piece is large (72” wide by 48” high by 4” deep) with the texture
varying from a smooth, flat surface to a range of fluid, biomorphic images that
project outward from the flat surface. I deliberately
left this piece in the natural color of the cotton pulp used to create the
piece as I love seeing the way that white reacts with color, light and the wall
Alchemy is a one of a kind sculpture mounted on a canvas
covered wood base.
14.5" by 26" Cast Paper and found objects
30" by 59" Cast Paper and Acrylic
16" by 16"
47" by 26" Cast Paper and Acrylic on fabric board
15" by 46" Cast Paper and Sea Glass pieces
Styrofoam & Mixed media wall sculpture
Out of the Blue
Polystyrene sculpture on board 84" 46" by 8"
The Shape of Time
Polystyrene & acylic on board 48" in diameter
Polystyrene, acrylic, and resin on board
25" high by 27" wide by 5" deep
Polystyrene & acrylic on board
26" high by 18" wide by 3.5" deep
Birth of a Ruby
Polystyrene, acrylic & resin on board
Polystyrene & acrylic on board
26" high by 18" wide by 2" deep
Polystyrene & acrylic on board
26" high by 18" wide by 5" deep