"Making art has taught me to look for connections. In any field, discoveries are made because the seeker willingly approaches a task with the panoramic perspective necessary to link seemingly unrelated variables into relationships from which whole new entities emerge. For me this is the beauty of art and life.
I am fascinated with the idea of emergent properties in which the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. My interest in this quality of transformation has been inspired by writings on Deep Ecology, Sensory Integration, Family Processes, and Systems Theory. As an art making strategy, I begin by looking for archetypal motifs embedded in these topics. Motion and gravity, sexuality, interpersonal dynamics, cosmological organization, and humor are motifs consistently found in my work.
In the last few years I have been making kinetic machines from common household objects. Through sound and motion, the crudely constructed machines create an environment that highlights a connection between the sensory integration required to physically cross the room and the social acumen to do it gracefully.
The machines are connected to digital logic processors and appear to participate in a dialogue with each other, as well as with the viewer. Viewers trigger the machines and in this way the viewer essentially becomes one of the parts. The appearance of cross system communication transforms the closed mechanical system and an open ongoing living system emerges."