Creative Cup Sketches

Creative Cups is a project that encourages artistic expression in celebration of the lives of those living with breast cancer and those who have lost to this terrible disease. Participants in the project design and build original works of art using bras, which are exhibited and auctioned at a Gala reception at Adelphi University in NY. All money raised goes to offset the costs of running the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.

Below are original sketches for my Creative Cups bra.

Read more about the project here.

Altered Earth Reception

Thank you all for sharing the beautiful day at Saunders Farm with me and the cows!
I’m so glad to have been apart of another successful year of Collaborative Concept’s Farm Project and look forward to next year!

Altered Earth Process Photos

Synthetic nitrogen farming; the consequential machine

The struggle to feed the growing population of the world in the late nineteenth century led to the introduction of synthetic nitrogen farming to increase crop yield. Over half of our population today is fed with the dependency on nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen fertilizer not absorbed by crops travels through our water, soil and air leading to contamination affecting our environment and human health.

The sculpture is made from 1/8" stainless steel, painted mahogany and aluminum discs.
Measuring 4ft. D x 8ft. W x 9ft. H

Below are process photos of the build of this project. You can read more about the sculpture here.

Sculpture for Leonia

On June 16th I had the privilege to deliver two of my sculptures to Leonia, New Jersey.

This beautiful town has an array of sculptures dotting it’s community. This is made possible by the volunteers of the non-profit organization, Sculpture for Leonia. The goal of the organization is to provide a dialogue between art and community and to enrich and educate. With the help of Nora Veca’s placement, you can view Legends in the sculpture garden and Corn Fields at the Leonia Public Library.  They look amazing in their new homes!

Corn Fields is made from painted 1/8" steel and painted wood pieces. Measuring 4ft. D x 5ft. W x 8ft. H. Legends is made from mahogany, steel and glass pieces. Measuring 2.5ft. D x 2.5ft. W x 8ft. H.

Whale Naturalist Workshop

“We should stop looking to the stars for extraterrestrial beings, they are here…below us in the ocean.” —John Lilly

I went whale watching as part of a workshop in MA with Dalvero Academy. I saw three different species. We were escorted out by black dolphins, I had never seen this species of dolphin before. Then I saw a fin whale as well as a mama and baby humpback whale with a playful younger whale. They were mythical! All of a sudden you see them blow and exhale air explosively through their blowhole.

I stood along the rail of the boat and called for the whales by humming a tune. The baby humpback was very curious and swam around the boat and right along side where I was standing. I was looking down and saw his beautiful blowhole and his eye. The blowhole appeared heartshaped to me. It was awe inspiring, I have been smiling since. I observed how the dolphins move in human time, the whales however do not, they move on a different time completely. They are in the OM state! I felt like it was an extraterrestrial experience. It was wonderful.

The Whale Naturalist Workshop in Provincetown, MA was co-hosted by Provincetown Center for Coastal studies, Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown and the WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation).
Scott Landry made a very powerful presentation on the problem of entanglement. I was not aware of the seriousness of this problem.

In the 1950’s the US government outlawed hemp most likely owing to Dupont. Dupont was releasing nylon products including nylon fishing gear onto the market. Nylon doesn’t break—one its selling points. When the whale gets entangled in the nylon fishing gear there is no way for the whale to get released. Whales get entangled in lobster lines and actually drown because they can’t move. Entanglement is a slow death for the whales. The hemp gear would deteriorate or snap under stress. The numbers of deaths caused from entanglement is staggering.

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When we have learned to accord the rest of life on earth equal rights, we can finally take our place in the court of intergalactic opinion and while holding our heads high claim: ‘Yes, there is intelligent life on earth. And it is our species which demonstrates that the blind force of evolution is capable not just of self-destruction but of self-enlightenment.’” —Roger Payne