Artist Statement

Check out my Facebook page! “My sculptures are assembled from steel components acquired from antique agricultural equipment and tools such as planters and cultivators. Most of the steel material used to make my earliest pieces have parts from equipment my family used to grow crops and maintain our farm. Now, I rescue the retired and discarded mechanisms from tractor graveyards and farm auctions. It is a recycling of material that was used to grow food to feed our nation over the past one hundred years, recycling of steel that would otherwise be melted down and sold to the highest bidder. I dismantle, clean and sort the recycled components. Inspired and sometimes challenged by the shape of a particular piece I begin by assembling and later welding the steel into a completely unique work. Like pieces in a puzzle, I strive to use the components in my sculptures without changing their original form. I don't tell the metal what shape it needs to be. The shape of the metal tells me what it wants to be. The goal of my artistic expression is to bring to attention the opportunity to revitalize the obsolete by use of creativity available to those who dream and put that vision in motion. My expression is born from my life experiences growing up on then returning to my family farm. My farm itself went from a dynamic multifaceted production and direct marketing operation to obsolescence in one generation. Mine. My goal is to promote the revitalization of rural America by personalizing it in the form of a recycled farm steel sculpture. This sculpture is a symbol of what can be done with material that has become commercially useful only by being dissolved and blended with hundreds of others in a brutal industrial process, as has happened to our family farms and the food they produce. Most of my sculptures represent my relationship to nature in plant and animal form both real and imagined, developed by my time on the farm. My hope is that people will identify with my process and consider how to transform a particular rural enterprise by making it more personal as opposed to institutional. That revolution must be led by the creative (artists) in the industries who can transform a purely industrial approach to rural American life into one that includes space and reward for those who can turn a broken obsolete system into one that can be appreciated like a piece of art.”