In describing my Foundlings I have stated that they are a collection of elements arranged in a formal way. They are assembled with balance, texture and contrasts in mind. That is not to say that there isn’t any “spontaneity” or unexpected ingredients in these works but generally speaking, this formality guides me in their creation.
As such I have relied heavily on geometric forms, especially a square and circle — and especially together. I find these forms so dynamic and yet so stable that they become a kind of template for me to follow. Perhaps my love of these shapes is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s classic, The Vitruvian Man.
I have found, however, that I am depending on these forms too heavily these days. That there is a kind of predictability when I use them. Squares and circles will not be permanently banished from my aesthetic arsenal, just that when the overall shape of my pieces are less confined to a geometric form they are more unique and therefore more satisfying to my eye — and certainly less formulaic.