seeking in the raw material, the spirit of the inherent figure
I work in the raw material by responding to the spirit and form inherent in each piece. I rarely bring an idea of a figure to the work, but seek in the work the spirit of the figure. While working I balance on the precarious edge of leaving untouched what I see before me, and my desire to change it, to ‘correct’ the position, musculature, or surface. Which mark do I leave as an action of the inherent spirit and which do I remove because it distracts from the form or beauty? Working in this way gives rise to a surprising variety of figures.