From a series of work indulging in my love of horse tack – the hardware, buckles and connections that comprise its functionality.
I’ve embedded different pieces of gear as a way to abstract the equipment to its mere form.
The subsequent ethereal nature is an attempt to capture a moment in time and my nostalgic associations with riding.
I was raised riding horses on a small family farm out west. I was an outdoorsy kid and was always making and fixing stuff. Unsurprisingly, I ended up in art school (MFA Rhode Island School of Design). Afterwards, I hung a shingle and designed and built custom furniture for private clients. During this time I also worked in visual arts management. Highlights included working for the artist Dale Chihuly (Seattle), and bringing to fruition the critically acclaimed Clyfford Still Museum (Denver).
Through an unexpected turn of events later in life, I came across the idiosyncratic world of custom cowboy boot makers. In becoming one I discovered the many values and potential of leather and took the medium from the foot to the wall. As hide is my primary material, I look to the associations surrounding cattle for my conceptual jumping off point for these stitched artworks.