In a 35 year dialogue with materials, I am learning when to impose my will and when to listen. With each piece, with each series, I learn to recognize completion. I want my pieces to look "made," to retain evidence of my hand and thought. Working in series builds a momentum that wears away the non-essential to reveal what is primitive and authentic.
Our pieces are bronze and copper constructions- welded, machined and colored with hot process patinas. Antique and glass beads are treated as found objects in still life.
We observe the reaction of a few basic chemical formulas on prepared bronze surfaces in the presence of heat. We can see a natural progression from perfecting surface treatments, to deconstructing and burning patinas that we once considered finished.