Construct - 2005-2007 (installation view: left to right: Block, Rise, Stack, Ring)
Construct sculpture series: Compound, Block, Rise, Stack, Ring and Slope
Aluminum, birch plywood, acrylic, steel, Carrara marble, green marble, acrylic vitrines, wood bases, paint
Dimensions: 29cm x 37cm x 39cm (11½" x 14½" x 15½") each
Photo: Cheryl O'Brien
Exhibition history: Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2006, Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2007, College Art Galleries, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2007, SK, St. Francis Xavier University Gallery, Antigonish, NS, 2009, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2012
Collections: Stack and Ring: private collections
The sculptural works Compound, Block, Rise, Stack, Ring and Slope are built up using cut and stacked ornamental motifs and housed in small wall mounted vitrines. Various materials commonly associated with building construction are used in the sculptures. The motifs are based on sections excerpted from the design of a damask textile - the same textile fragment that inspired "Model", created in 2003. The scale and presentation of the sculptures establishes a relationship with architectural models and a set of accompanying drawings further explores this connection by examining the grouped motifs in plan, elevation and isometric views. By employing materials such as metal and stone in place of those typical for model making and by using ornamental fragments as structural building blocks, the works in Construct invert established relationships between building and model, architecture and ornament..