Materials, all sorts, always have played a prominent role in my work. They have been a love of mine since childhood, and evident throughout my career in my functional designs, sculptural pieces, and installations. The marriage of contrasting materials, and in this case, the objects I choose, creates a visual or metaphorical language, a pun and a serious statement.
This body of work, which echoes some much earlier pieces, takes everyday functional objects such as tools and removes their function but not their concept of function. Their utilitarianism has been muted, covered, or bound. They become dysfunctional, quiet, and defused. Some even become odd clowns in their costumes as seen in the trap and hammer in white feathers. The shovel wrapped in white fabric and plaster becomes protected and quiet. The glass-handled hammer becomes fragile. Some of these objects I have simply given a skin or yet another skin, a layered skin.