The Foreign Bodies Series (2003 - present) is a response to the effect of uncontrollable forces, either interior or exterior, on family and friends. These works represent specific individuals, for whom they are named. The making of each piece is therapeutic, a way to work through feelings of concern and/or anxiety about unknown outcomes. Illness, for example, is the interior force present in several works. Jack I and II, Manuela, and Nancy - my father-in-law, grandmother and a friend - were all diagnosed with cancer. Adam I and II are named after my brother-in-law, who was struggling with an unknown medical condition at the time of its design.
Some of the Foreign Bodies works are site-specific in that the location and space in which they are placed play a vital role in the meaning of each piece. The forms in Jack II, for instance, are always installed so they cluster around a foreign body on a wall, randomly radiating and spreading outward. As a result, the piece is never presented in the exact same arrangement each time it is exhibited. George is always installed in a corner so that the soft, curvilinear foreign bodies are in sharp contrast to and inhabit the hard-edge, rectilinear line created at the juncture of two walls. Adam I and II are arranged vertically so as to abstractly represent the human form’s typical orientation.
The individual wall-mounted shapes in Adam I and II are based on the silhouettes of bark shed by a Sycamore tree – the tree’s exterior layer paralleling the outside layer of human skin. Pulsating pain is represented through color, pattern, surface and layers; the irregularity of shapes, textures and projections simulating the unpredictable nature and movement of pain – whether it be its location, strength and/or duration. The translucent sides of the units allow them to appear to hover, its source less traceable or grounded.