Penn Valley, PA
The traditional whirligig has long enjoyed a cherished place within the world of folk art. My work is a contemporary reinterpretation of this most uniquely American art form. Crafted from fine American hardwoods, exotic woods and various other natural materials, these kinetic wind sculptures retain the whimsy and charm of the original whirligigs. Each sculpture (basically a simple machine) transforms the mechanical motion of the camshaft and cam into a myriad of unexpectedly organic movements. All my work, including newer kinetic and automata pieces, strive to reveal the basic forces of nature that permeate our world (light, gravity, rotational motion, magnetism, electricity, balance).
1st time at AOFTA