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My welded steel sculpture explores how buildings, bridges and other physical infrastructure that we create influence us. We live in the negative space created by these structures, and they affect how we think of ourselves and the world, how we express our ideas and beliefs. My career as a lawyer and consultant dealt with how rules and processes shape our lives, how we think and what we do. The physical environment also impacts our lives, and that is what my sculpture delves into. Even the organic forms of man and nature are represented by architectural metaphors. My sculptures are totems which use the vocabulary of our urban surroundings to express what we see and feel just as ancient totems use forests, beasts and mountains to reflect the ideas and emotions of their creators.

Formally, I try to express the essence of cultural objects and ideas through the symbols of the modern urban environment – the steel structures of our machines, buildings and cities. We inhabit the negative space created by these structures, and they inform how we our express our visions.