Portfolio

    Nkisi Torso, 2001 Cardboard, Nails, tape & Mixed 41" x 27" x 12" Private Collection My original plan was to cast the torso in concrete and dye it with feric acid to resemble a solid cast iron nkisi. The patina on the cardboard was so nice though that I...

Crocodile Mask, 1999 Wood & Mixed 46.5" x 12.25" x 9.5" Collection: The Artist This is one of my favorite found object pieces. The face and jaws are all made from a cut and resassembled cigar rolling tray. The vertical planes of the face are the tops of salvaged...

  Fire Eating Bird's Head 16.25" x 16.75" x 4.75" 1998 Wood, Steel & Mixed This was originally intended to be part of a larger piece based on Senufo bird sculptures. I liked it so much as an abstract form that I decided to let it stand alone, as...

Bizango Altar, 2000 Wood, Steel, Bone, Wax & Mixed Private Collection...

Rooster Box, 2000 Wood, Steel, Egg & Mixed 26.75" x 18" x 7.5" Private Collection This was one of my earliest pieces. Obsessed by Minkisi sculptures, I wanted to make my own. Rather than imitating them precisely, I experimented with different formats, such as 2D nkisi or, in this...

Dark Angel of Hearts, 1998 Wood, Steel 25" x 12" x 4" Private Collection The tower is a weathered bed post. The figure is carved from scorched wood, with cut steel wings and a pulley for the head and neck. The box holds a heart shaped wind chime with...

Cock Shrine, 1999 Wood, Steel, Glass & Mixed 35" x 39" x 9" Collection: Marilyn Houlberg My favorite element in this altar is an antique jar of farm medicine labeled "Pik'r." It claims to be a "distasteful blood-like preparation to aid in discouraging cannibalism in poultry." Other elements include...

Ghost Hotel, 1997 Painted Wood, Glass, Steel & Mixed 18.5" x 21" x 4.25" Private Collection A landscape of sorts with two towers and a bridge, populated by small odds & ends which suggest ghosty characters....

A Heart for Little Root, 1999 Wood, Tin, Stone & Mixed 18.5" x 11.75" x 8" Private Collection This was a Valentine's Day gift made from a box, pressed tin ceiling, a root and a petrified heart stone from Pittsburgh, PA....

Heartbreak Hotel, 1998 Wood, Stones, Steel & Mixed 12" x 5" x 4" Location Unknown Six snared hearts occupy a yellow hotel. The petrified hearts are stones found in a highway median in Pittsburgh. The nails and mesh reference minkisi figures....

Crib Death, 2001 Wood, Steel, Bone & Mixed 30" x 7" x 5" Available The torso is from an old player piano mechanism. The head is an air filter, probably from a lawnmower. The legs were the uprights of a set of andirons. The arms are jawbones from a...