I’ve been paying close attention to the wires and cables, from pole to pole, our ever-present roadside companions.  My new sculpture reflects these basic elements in configurations that include loops, knots, tangles, the confusions and bypasses often indicate repairs to outdated copper phone lines.

The hanging pieces, made of common, repurposed, industrial materials, refer to these horizontal lines of unseen scenery. This is the vital utility infrastructure in plain sight, often overlooked until essential services are interrupted.

The new work, trying to climb out of the studio and right onto the telephone poles, includes a series horizontal strips that may be installed individually or “woven” in reference to the wires and cables along streets and roads.

The “palette” may include PEX plastic plumbing tubes, foam insulation, parachute cord, cable ties, bead chain, wire rope and metal connectors. These light, colorful hanging elements hover and move slightly with the air currents; knots and attachments are visible parts of the finished work. The sculptures may hang on walls or span open spaces, indoors or out. The forms and their shadows move slightly with the air currents, often with some clicking and scratching sounds.

While the work is made of impersonal hardware store elements, the selection and assembly bear the mark of decision-making and handwork. There’s a calligraphic element to the line, drawn from point to point. Along with the lively presence, there is some ambiguity. What is this made of? How are the pieces held together? And are the shadows part of the work? And what is the point?

The message of my work is: Look around. Some of the workings of the world are hidden. Water and sewage pipes are underground. But scenery is more than hills and valleys, trees and flowers, buildings, streets, and traffic. We’re not altogether wireless yet. The electric cables and phone wires are right there.