Glass Book Sculptures

“Faculty Exhibit”, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mi. 1999 “Heaven, Earth, Water, Fire”, Alma College, Alma Mi. 2015 The first Glass Books, "Leaving the Time Before Language", 1999, were an exploration of how language operates. One can't return to the time before language, and we trust language to relay what we mean. In the books, language traps the child, and you chase around chaotic letters trying to decipher Lacan's ideas. The more recent Glass Books, 2015, create the universe depicted in the poem by 16th century Sufi poet Kabir, "Between the Conscious and the Unconscious", where "...the mind has put a swing...all earth creatures...sway between these two trees, and it never winds down."

"Leaving the Time Before Language", 1999
glass, press-type, acetate, tape 
quotes from Jacques Lacan

"Between the Conscious and the Unconscious...", 2015
glass, ink, acetates, tape 
 quotes from poem below, by Kabir

"Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees,
and it never winds down.
Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;
ages go by, and it goes on.
Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life."

"Landscape for the Newborn" Installation
"My Irish Dream" Installation
"Landscape Reliquary" Sculptural Installation
Water & Sky Color Digital Photography
"…Heaven, Earth, Water, Fire…" Exhibit
Bread Sculpture Installations
"Eggshell Mantra" Installation
Black and White Photography
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