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  • cusp

    cusp

    14 short pieces for traditional and electronic instruments

  • artist statement

    Motivation / Goals Identifying a challenge For me, making a new artwork begins with a question I don’t immediately know the answer to. It ends with the artwork as the proof that the answer I came up with is true. The middle part, figuring it out, is often more time consuming than shaping the actual […]

  • tri unknot

    tri unknot

    A line broken by an inner negative space rotates to form an unknot, a continuous line with no overlapping. The component, as well as the resulting structure, can be unraveled to form a loop. The unknot at home in the studio:

  • tri unicursal knot

    tri unicursal knot

    A unicursal line is inlaid in copper on the face of a hollow truncated tetrahedron. The knot creates a cognitive visual illusion of three shapes versus two. The illusion that there are sort of 3 shapes but only really 1 is something I like about this one. It’s a simple knot that makes a single […]

  • knot theories II

    knot theories II

    2021 solo show

  • layered multi polygon knot

    layered multi polygon knot

    A group of three similar polygons rotate to form a knot. Multiple glass layers show colors, the knot itself, and a faint outline.

  • metatronic solid (hexahedron)

    metatronic solid (hexahedron)

    Four lines make a reversed knot pattern covering all faces of a hexahedron, regardless of rotation (this same pattern can tile a plane). One of my most basic rules for knot creation is that knot lines only cross one another in pairs. Any more than two lines appearing to overlap in the same place doesn’t […]

  • unicursal hex knot

    unicursal hex knot

    A self-intersecting line rotates to create a hexagonal shape. The line can be followed from any point all the way around to loop back to its beginning. This was another experiment involving cut paper on charred wood. My first attempt at realizing this design was with wire in encaustic medium, shown here. Even though it […]

  • tri angle polygonal knot

    tri angle polygonal knot

    A parallelogram and a triangular line rotate to create an overall triangular shape. Encaustic medium covers gilded ink. My first step was putting the main design down in ink. (I phrased the media used in this piece as “Patty Ink” because it once belonged to Pat Lauderdale, someone who always encouraged my artistic endeavors. She […]

  • lattice tile

    lattice tile

    One component of an interlocking tile extends its connectors and uses color variations to imply depth and an isometric perspective. Stained veneer is inlaid in a wood background. This piece involves a bit of experimentation with an isometric knot. The interlocking square shapes require more than one color to give the effect that they are […]

  • knot tiling triangle-faced polyhedra

    knot tiling triangle-faced polyhedra

    A single shape tiles the faces of all three equilateral triangle-faced regular polyhedra with knots.

  • exploded hexahedron tiled with a plane-filling curve

    exploded hexahedron tiled with a plane-filling curve

    A single line bisects a hollow cube into two mirrored sections, revealing a second, smaller solid cube inside which supports the three pieces when suspended from the top corner. The bisecting line (curve) is plane-filling, and each face of the exploded hexahedron is identical. Put another way, when the 2 black pieces are fit together […]

  • tile hexahedron

    tile hexahedron

    A cube or rectangular solid of any size can be created from any multiple of this component. This one uses 24 components and makes a cube. It’s always a little hard to tell what you’re looking at with sculptures, so this video shows multiple angles:

  • scale tile listing band

    scale tile listing band

    Twenty-three identical scales are tied together in a continuous loop representing a non-orientable surface. A pattern of accented hexagons covers interlocking segments which twist and bend in an infinite knot. This band is smaller than others I have done so far, so it is self-supporting and can be displayed resting on a surface or suspended […]

  • tri spiral unicursal knot

    tri spiral unicursal knot

    The design is an experiment in using spirals in combination with radial symmetry to produce a unicursal knot. Usually I base knot designs like this off of circles and polygons, so this was a new challenge. I originally used this design for some cut paper stationery, shown here. Wanting to take things up a notch, […]

  • KAANP March 2021

    KAANP March 2021

    Here I am on a podcast talking about art and music. It’s proof that I can ramble on for at least an hour. Thanks to Thomas Zachary for asking me to do this. The artwork I’m talking the most about can be seen on the Knot Theories page.

  • MWS 2021 Submissions

    MWS 2021 Submissions

    unicursal tri spiral knot 39″ diameter x 3/4″ thick chestnut background with mahogany design and ipe frame metatronic solid – hexahedron 6-3/4″ cube poplar – a single tile giving the illusion of 4 overlapping lines over a solid’s faces unicursal isometric knot (hexagon) 37″ outside diameter x 1″ thick walnut with copper inlay

  • Visual Art Samples for GSMNP AIR Application

    Click on photos for high resolution images. View more information on each piece by following links on underlined titles. metatronic solid face (dodecahedron) wood (poplar, oak, Vietnamese plywood), anodized aluminum 26″ x 33″ metatronic solid (tetrahedron) wood (walnut) 9.798″ tetrahedron

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  • knot theories

    knot theories

    an exploration of partial-dimensional geometries This work was on display during March, 2021 at The Emporium Gallery in downtown Knoxville. Here is a brief explanation of the show: Knots are continuous lines twisted in such a way to give the illusion of lines overlapping in the same plane. Using a formalized system of knot creation, […]

  • chatoyant tercet knot

    chatoyant tercet knot

    the quintessential knot

  • triple knot listing band

    triple knot listing band

    three braided knots as a listing band

  • translucent listing band slice stack

    translucent listing band slice stack

    Perfectly symmetrical listing bands are difficult to display because of one of those things that bring us all down, like gravity. But, if you could slice one (or really anything that’s hard to balance) up, you could stack the slices and create the illusion of a dimensional solid. The video explains a lot: The first […]

  • collapsible scale listing band (deconstructed)

    collapsible scale listing band (deconstructed)

    deconstructed listing band segment

  • reversed metatronic solid (hexahedron)

    reversed metatronic solid (hexahedron)

    how to create a piece of art that you can see from all angles?

  • metatronic solid faces

    metatronic solid faces

    isolated polyhedra faces

  • metatronic solid (tetrahedron)

    metatronic solid (tetrahedron)

    regular polyhedra tiled with knot patterns

  • tercet chain knot

    tercet chain knot

    copper knot inlaid in wood

  • self-intersecting tercet knots with encompassment

    self-intersecting tercet knots with encompassment

    You have to cheat a little to give the illusion of self-intersecting lines made out of a single piece of paper….

  • encompassed unicursal tercet knot

    encompassed unicursal tercet knot

    Ideal viewing conditions for this piece: strong sunlight with a nearby shadow to reflect in.