When I acquire a book, it becomes art material. I glue the pages shut to seal their story, then create my own story.
Beginning with the sheer splendor of a cast iron pulley chamber, I built a wooden armature with an opening to which
I could fasten book shards and sea lily stem fossils. As collector, I find objects that want to be together,
to be companions in a new life. In my role as joiner, I deal with surface and form, sequence and juxtaposition.
I try to turn chaos into order by whatever means possible, sometimes by accident.|
Our black cat Persephone was my constant companion in the creative process. Persephone is the Greek goddess of both the
underworld and spring growth. A grotto is a small picturesque natural or artificial cave often used
for devotion. So Persephone�s Grotto can be seen a place where dying books have been transformed and venerated as new life.