Cassini's Mosaic & Saturn's Shepherd
Installation View of Natural Fallacy at Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL July 2013
A process-driven artist, I make my own clays and plaster amalgams in the studio and I have developed distinctive mold making techniques with materials as diverse as sand, alginate, and latex. The positives pulled from the molds and the finished sculptures use materials as diverse as beeswax, marine grade resin, gypsum, and graphite. Utilizing a layered palette of materials aids in the creation of unknowable, ambiguous surfaces and the strata of information allows for areas of immense depth and luminosity as well as incredible detail.
Saturn’s Shepherd explores the mythology and legends of the moon’s relationship to fertility, bio-rhythmic cycles, and sexuality in connection with the physical structures of the celestial bodies; gravitational pulls, magnetic fields, and geological activity. The moons’ roles in the orbit of Saturn are particularly intriguing; they help regulate and control the famous rings of this particular gas planet. Cassini’s mosaics offer great insight into the activity and geological structure of many of the moons. The installation conflates the mythology of the moon(s) with the structure and physicality of the actual orbiting shepherd moons of Saturn.