aluminum and glass
Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools
State Art Collection, WSAC2019.022.000
This piece represents the diversity of the school while also recalling the history of the original structures. The fingerprint image represents the individual and the shared image of the collective. “We are more alike than different.” The text, a response to the prompt, “I am ...” is intended to “capture (the) diversity” of the student body.
The concept for this piece was developed with consideration of criteria as outlined by students and the committee. Specifically, I focused on “Capture diversity as an evolving entity (“different yet united”). Other student/committee criteria that informed the design of this piece includes, everyone belongs, tell a story and change. It is my intention the artwork reflects the diverse student body, the growing community, the quality of light in the region and “we are more alike than different”.
The school’s original gym was a simple barrel vault construction. It was replaced many years ago. The side walls of the gym had the arc filled with glass squares of different colors. We Are… is a simple wall form with an arc on the top reflecting the arch of the original gym. It is an aluminum frame construction with 33 glass pieces of various colors. It represents the diversity of the school while also recalling the history of the original structures.
The image of a fingerprint is digitally printed on the glass pieces. The fingerprint is a pattern that is unique to each person. The fingerprint represents the individual. This image is a common visual language we can all relate to and see ourselves in the artwork. While it is the individual, it is a shared image of the collective.
Students and alumni were asked to respond to the simple prompt, “I am …” in one to three words. These responses were digitally printed on the glass pieces of the outer columns of glass. This text is intended to “capture diversity” of the student body, to reflect the individual as part of the collective and to identify “we are more alike than different”.
Rugby Gates is a community based public art project in the Rugby neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The piece is a series of brick gateways along a main road in the neighborhood. It was created from the ground it sits upon. The area is where the original brickyards of Memphis were located. The concept was developed after a long process of meetings with city officials, neighborhood organizers, neighborhood residents, local schools and extensive research on the history of the area. Twenty-six local high school students were hired to assist in making bricks in a five week long after school program. The final piece consists of 12 brick columns with carved relief depicting images relating to the area's history. The two columns that serve as the gateway into the neighborhood are 4' x 20'. The other ten columns serve as 5 small gateways as one moves up Overton Crossing and are 2' x 5'. There are 100 carved clay tiles (10 on each small column) representing the area's events and people of the past and present. The two large columns sit at approximately the same location as the original stone gateway into Rugby.
The project began in November 2006 with community meetings and historical research for 9 months. 80,000 pounds of local clay from the original farm of Dr. John Frayser was transported to Clarksville, Tennessee where it was processed and the bricks were made and carved. There was a temporary brickyard setup at Arkwings on the eastern edge of the Rugby neighborhood. This is where the high school students worked to make the paver bricks. These bricks surround the base of the two large columns and have over 400 names stamped in their surface. People who live in the neighborhood submitted the names. 2500 flyers were handed out door to door by high school students to inform the neighborhood about the project and receive names for the bricks.
The project was commissioned by The UrbanArt Commission for the City of Memphis.
Twelve preliminary images were submitted for a public art commission for the new library in Owensboro, Kentucky. Two were printed at 4 ft. x 13 ft. and flank the entrance into the Kentucky Room, a collection of local history and genealogy. These images are the result of many meetings with members of the community and research on the local history.