Garden of Destruction
2016, 36" diameter x 8" deep;
Creation follows destruction. Composition and some elements are borrowed from Buddhist mandala tradition.
Garden of Destruction (arch detail)
A double-vajra crowns the arch. Phurbas (three-bladed knives) top the pillars supporting the ends of the flame arches. The phurba is a Buddhist symbol of destruction of the three poisons of ignorance, desire and hatred.
Garden of Destruction - figure detail
Figures depict working, playing, doing yoga and meditating. Ideally, there should be little distinction between activities.
34" x 40" x 16"d; wood, putty, wax figures, acrylic paint, artificial plant parts
Burn - upper closeup
All of my figures have four arms, because they are not meant to represent the people we see ourselves to be. They represent people with non-dualistic minds who would be very different from they way we are now.
Burn - lower closeup
This sculpture is based on the Tibetan Buddhist burial tradition of the Charnel Ground, where dead bodies are left to be consumed by wild animals and/or openly decay. This sculpture simply depicts life and death.
63" x 44 1/2" x 20 1/2"d; wood, paper, plaster, sphagnum moss, gravel, acrylic paint, plastic
This is my rendition of Westchester County, NY.
24" x 24" x 70"h; Wood, paper maché, wax, acrylic paint
Inspired by the book "The Unsettling of America" by Wendell Berry
48 1/2" x 18 1/2"; wood, paper, sphagnum moss, acrylic paint
A map of Long Island, NY including Brooklyn and Queens.
While all of my sculptures are landscape images to some extent, these emphasize the landscape more than the figures in it.