ninth Circle in Marble

Artist Statement

I am a self-taught sculptor who began in 2002. I learned the traditional craft of stone carving by working among the artigiani in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Some of the oldest known works of representational art are carved out of stone. Stone sculpture was perfected through the ages by the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the famed sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. How to work with this most ancient matter, and while honoring its noble tradition also express something powerful in a completely new and authentic way? This challenge is what pushes me.

I am driven to give life to stone, an impossibly static material, and to portray the eternal and ephemeral emotions that both bind us together and drive us apart. Using this timeless substance I strive to tell the enduring stories of human interaction and feelings: of conflict and anger, of desire and fear.

Most importantly, I want to capture the moment of greatest tension in each story. I find that by reducing the composition to only the most expressive gestures of a scene, I am able to better highlight the emotional intensity at that climactic point in time. Often the resulting sculpture includes fragments of the figure. Other times, it is something more abstract.

Regardless of the narrative that I am trying to convey, I find that people invariably bring their own story to my pieces. These personal and heartfelt reactions add unexpected richness and meaning to my work.

Exhibitions

2D - 3D Works, LH Horton Jr. Gallery
Juror:  René de Guzman, Senior Curator, Oakland Museum of California

Stockton, California (October 10 - November 7, 2013)

 

 

City of Santa Clara Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition
Santa Clara, California (September 28, 2013 - February 28, 2014)

 

 

Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center 
Houston, Texas (September 18 - September 21, 2013)

 

 

California State Fair 2013, California Fine Art Competition

Award of Merit and Special Valley Sculpture Artists Award

Sacramento, California (July 12 - July 28, 2013)

 

 

SCOPE New York 2013, Skylight at Moynihan Station
New York City, New York (March 6 - March 10, 2013)

 

 

LA Art Show 2013, LA Convention Center
Los Angeles, California (January 23 - February 19, 2013)

 

 

“Conjoined 3: The Final Chapter,” Copro Gallery, Bergamont Station
Santa Monica, California (January 19 - February 9, 2013)

 

 

“Eterno,” The McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California (December 6, 2012 – January 19, 2013)

 

 

Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center
Houston, Texas (September 13 - September 16, 2012)

 

 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2012 SECA Award Nominee

 

 

Awarded "Best of Show - Gallery Award"
Visual Poetry Exhibition, LH Horton Jr. Gallery
Juror: Chandra Cerrito, Director, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Stockton, California (October 4 - November 1, 2012)

 

 

2012 Annual Juried Art Competition
Juror: Manuela Well-Off-Man, Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
South Arkansas Art Center (July 6 - 31, 2012)

 

 

San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, California (May 17 - May 20, 2012)

 

 

BURST Project Art Fair, Art Deco Center
Miami Beach, Florida (November 30 - December 5, 2011)

 

 

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
California Sculpture SLAM Exhibition - Juried by Charles Arnoldi
San Luis Obispo, California (August 12 - September 30, 2011)

 

 

San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, California (May 20 - May 22, 2011)

 

 

“No Fooling, We Mean It!” The McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California (April 1 - May 23, 2011)

 

 

City of Santa Clara Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition
Santa Clara, California (April 21 - September 21, 2007)






 

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