I create Mobiles because I am fascinated by how they animate space. A Mobile engages the viewer and its surroundings in ways that a painting or static sculpture cannot. As it dances on air currents, a Mobile defines space like a ballet dancer.
My Mobiles grow out of the pages of my sketchbook. A drawing of an idea for a Mobile can lay dormant in its pages for months or years. Then later, as I page through the old sketches, I am reminded of the idea, and I can see new possibilities and ways of achieving them that were not apparent to me before.
My explorations in the pursuit of an expanded language for the Mobile led me to the PVC foam material I now use. This material, which is commonly used for exterior signage, furniture and construction; can be worked with hand and power tools and is colorfast and dimensionally stable.
Since Alexander Calder invented and developed the Mobile almost all artists who make Mobiles use the object/lever technique. That is, suspending shapes at the ends of wire arches.
In my Mobiles, the individual pieces are connected directly to each other without intervening wire arches. This gives the work a more structural and solid bearing, while the close proximity of suspended parts defines the interweaving negative spaces and they become an integral part of the Mobile's presence.