WOOD CLOTHESPINS SERIES
In 2002 accidental discoveries lead to what aims at a lifelong series. The work with clothespins has been progressively evolving and has become a consistent source of new creations, lots of related adventures and many personal and professional rewards.
The concept of repetition reaches its climax with each one of the Clothespins compositions. Even the smaller pieces are composed by hundreds or thousands of Clothespins. Each Clothespin is hand drilled and connected to the next by wire and a great deal of patience.
Mostly non representational, these shapes and installations gain life and form, growing and expanding like a virus in a perfect environment as they are constructed, ever surprising the artist and challenging the imagination.
An underlying message of conservationism, recycling, sustainability and environmental awareness is obvious in this series, as the material used represents small “Devices of Energy Conservation” as well as nostalgic reminders of simpler times. Facts like the 2007 closing of the last factory in the United States that made Clothespins (unable to compete with the uprising Chinese market), diligent work by many awareness groups, and the general new interest in a future “GREEN” way of life, emphasize the simple message found in this work.
These works can now be found in permanent collections such as that
of the East Wing at the Courtauld in London, UK, The University of Maine Museum
of Art in Bangor, The Savannah College of Art & Design, and most recently
at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (see video here) in
Arkansas, among others.