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P(n,k) [combinatorics], 2010 - 2012
Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY
The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
dimensions variable
Glass, Resin, Rubber, Cement, Paper and Found Objects

At the core of my work is the intense contradiction between fragility and strength, both in our personal lives and in the broader environment. One body of recent work focuses on the latter and comprises a series of studies of waterways and natural systems realized in collaboration with scientists and environmentalists. Another shifts perspective from the vulnerability and tenacity of nature to that of the individual navigating a perilous world.

My recent installation P(n,k) [combinatorics] are a merging of these parallel bodies of work. They evoke scientific structures—molecules or marine fossils—but, equally, human memories and associations—the movement of a slinky, the touch of an accordion key. We connect to these elements as they meander across a wall and yet they retain the ambiguity and the distance of a natural phenomenon moving at its own pace and following its own logic.

My working methods merge material and formal concerns with content to explore the interplay of these ideas. I counterpose skin and structure, exploit extreme imbalances in weight and incorporate light into physical constructions. All of this allows me to make literal the delicate, ephemeral balance of my subjects.

And even when these are environmental, there is an implication of the personal. The body is always implied—its touch and tenderness, its frailty and endurance. In this work, as in our own lives, elements hang in the balance, each one necessary, tenuous and connected.