“Building, Dwelling, Thinking” 1 – The Industrial Sculpture Collection
I began developing this body of work as a reaction to the stunningly rapid socio-economic transformation of Nashville, Tennessee, my birthplace and home. Feeling increasingly disconnected from new “hometown” narratives I became deeply interested in how our sense of place informs our self-identities.
These pieces represent the struggles inherent in attempts to embrace cultural changes while also protecting our own personal histories and stories. The combination of glass and metal is a metaphor for the uneasy relationship between stability and fragility. Ghost images of self-same hardware in the glass illustrate possibilities for assimilation, while the use of upcycled industrial parts expresses my deeply ingrained value of being good stewards of our resources.
1) Heidegger, Martin. “Building, Dwelling, Thinking”, Poetry, Language, Thought, Harper Colophon Books, New York, 1971.