Variation, Grey #8
Materials: Recovered wood
This series of sculptures can be considered Western Mandallas via their philosophy and use of contemplation. The Eastern Mandala utilizes the circle as a
form of perfection; within this circle the practicant delineates concentric levels indicating higher transcendent hierarchies. In the best of Western
mystical practices, the transcendent is rejected for an Immanent, this-worldly here-and-now spiritual world (presence, or being). In these works the circle is replaced with the
Golden Rectangle (based on the Greek proportion), the recovered wood represents 'lived' experience via their visibly rough history. The formal qualities take precedence
over the symbolic (another shift); in this case, the negative space, planar and small clustered wood pieces form three approaches to form, whereas
the natural or chaotic textures are harmonized by the geometric lines.