My process of working is rooted in the Modernist tradition, which embraces growth and transformation. I’m only satisfied with a work of art when the original concept becomes transformed by the making.

My process of working is rooted in the Modernist tradition, embracing growth and transformation. I’m only satisfied with a work of art when the original concept becomes transformed by its making. I enter into a kind of prayer with the material with the goal of creating a rhythm that will carry me through many days in the studio. I address several pieces simultaneously, always on the edge of seeing the art in unexpected ways, allowing it to assert itself by my presence. Collage lends itself best to this process by being so open-ended, so agreeable to rapid change.

The quality of sculpture which feeds me most is its concreteness, both as object and of process — its ability to live a compound existence, one in everyday reality and the other in the inner world of the imagination. I attempt, through abstract form, to embrace the dynamics of the human experience, of cultural and personal transformation and its movement through space and time. I apply a holistic approach to my art making in which juxtapositions of self-similar forms create — like metaphors — a tension composed of similarities and differences between the terms of the sculpture. The more dynamic this tension the greater the possibility that my sculpture can provoke the brain into wonder and awe, and a sense of unexpected truth or beauty.

Douglas Bentham