Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Greetings fellow Crafthausers and welcome to the first introductory installment of "Kinetic Revelations" a bi-weekly blog about kinetic art of all kinds. Throughout the course of this blog I will be presenting research on historically significant kinetic objects, makers, and traditions along with profiles of Contemporary Kinetic Craftspeople. (How's that for alliteration!?!)
Let me begin by introducing myself. I currently live in Houston, Texas where I teach Metalsmithing, Sculpture, and Design at the San Jacinto College South Campus. I am an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Houston Metal Arts Guild. My creative work has been shown nationally and internationally including an "Honorable Mention" distinction at the 2011 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. I received my MFA with honors from the University of Kansas in 2009, a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and an Associate's Degree in Animation from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2001. My creative work can be viewed on my website or my Crafthaus Profile
That animation experience was my first foray into the kinetic art world. I have since carried over those principles of motion to my sculptural metalsmithing. My recent work incorporates collaborations with modern dancers performing choreography within and around my kinetic metalwork. There are challenges to collaboration, yet I draw inspiration from the critical-thinking process, and working with kinetics is nothing if not problematic.
Despite those struggles, when a piece starts to come together and the performance gets nailed down, I feel a great sense of satisfaction. A sense that I had a hand in something greater than myself.
For a Behind the Scenes video click here.