“Deep Haven” was inspired by various depictions of King David. The king who has been explored throughout art’s history, often as a warrior, and even at times as a shepherd - but what about David the dancer? David the psalmist? The one who presented a beautiful, painful, and dynamic reality in the Psalms. David did not accept a shallow, or comfortable way of understanding the complexities of our humanity, and instead was present with them while inviting the Creator in.
making "deep haven"
In the majority of my works I laminate the strips of wood vertically, but with Deep Haven I was interested in exploring the diagonal movement of rainfall and shadow.
The first step in the carving process is to create a gesture of the figure. For this sculpture, movement was the most significant aspect I focused on.
I begin each work with the portrait. Realizing a person's portrait gives the work a breath, allowing a more relational approach to carving. While the body's posture in Contrapposto, I exaggerated the energy and immediacy of the movement in the carving of the fabric.