eyedoor 3, 2018
71 x 51 x ½ inches
“My work takes the upheaval of demolition and the un-making of spaces as a starting point. My primary material has been salvaged wood lath, the interior skeleton of pre-World War II buildings that holds plaster on their aging walls. As a material, it is ubiquitous in San Francisco. Nearly 90% the city of it is interlaced with these humble sticks that have been in suspended animation since at least the 1940’s, if not the 1840’s. As a natural material, it’s a relic of a long-gone type of harvest, that which saw old-growth forests felled for previous building booms. Trees that may have been nearly 600 years old could have contributed some of these small splintery lath boards; that would make them nearly 800 years old today when they are ripped off the wall during demolition and tossed in a dumpster.
The combined contexts of this material is a compelling inspiration for me to find new forms within it. I consider most of my flat wood sculpture as a type of drawing, based on the inherent characteristics of the material and the acquired context that it gains, post demolition. With this in mind, I have produced architecturally inspired works that exist between the physical (sculptural) and the imagined (drawn).”
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