Mirrors

Vine and Stamen Mirror

Vine and Stamen Mirror

Botanical theme for a client inspired this hall mirror. Large twist of mature vines and finger like hanging stamens seem perfect match with the outside view of the custom door. A matching coat rack completed the set.  Clients and the  entry way set are now in their home in Germany.

Material: mahogany
Dimensions (h x w x d): 60 x 36 x 3
Year Made: 1990


Solitude Observed

Solitude Observed

How does one see oneself in the mirror? Do our eyes tell us our emotions and if we can’t see them looking back at us, is our observation of our self incomplete? A partial veil  hangs around the observed face, but covers the eyes; temptation to look under?

For me, the cloth coverings on my artwork have ritualistic essence, and sometimes, healing.  This one, in memory of a loved one.

Material: curly maple, zebra wood, birds-eye maple, mirror
Dimensions (h x w x d): 27 x 13 x 5
Year Made: 1992


Aquatic Bathroom Mirror

Aquatic Bathroom Mirror

This client’s bathroom has a fantasy aquatic theme. As a clay artist she made several tiles that featured shoreline and underwater creatures. The octopus and the giant sea kelp is my contribution to the overall theme.  The reflections in the mirror, as the sinuous shape of the octopus wrapped itself around the frame, presented a challenge. I had to make sure that the carvings of the suckers were detailed underneath even if not seen from the front. Same with any kelp that twisted and turned, needed to be fully shaped in the back also. I did not have an airbrush for this project so graduating the colors needed extra attention to avoid brush marks.

Material: basswood, ambrosia maple, paint, mirror
Dimensions (h x w x d):  44″ x 48″ x 2.5″
Year Made: 2009


Entrance

Entrance

The idea for “Entrance” has been forming for years. Reflections on my cultural heritage are leading my artwork towards surface designs and the mythical and cultural elements of the South-Asian sub continent.

In my interpretation the snake represents a passive observer, sometimes a protector, but never a threat. A mirror seems a fascinating ‘canvas’ to not only explore self-observation but the uneasy sense that something, or someone, may only exist within it’s realm and not behind us as we look in.

Naga—serpent, cobra—is looking at you looking at yourself; and an ambivalence towards her is born in the traditions of ancient and modern civilizations, pagan and Gnostic. To many she represents longevity, transformation, and promise of good fortune and protection—when given the reverence she deserves.

Material: maples, walnut, xerox transfers, cloth, mirrors
Dimensions (h x w x d): 30x12x9
Year Made: 2004


Bathroom Mirror

Bathroom Mirror

Medicine/bathroom  cabinet in an Art Nouveau style . Client wanted his initials flowing through the curves…and they are. The cherry-wood cabinet is set inside the joists. Behind the  carved door there are adjustable glass shelves, a shaving ‘magni’-mirror on a pull-out arm, mirrors on the inside of the door and the back wall of the cabinet. A pair of Blum hinges open to a 130 degree and self close with a soft mechanism. All-in-all a very reflective, functional piece.

Material: cherry, tempered glass
Dimensions (h x w x d): 41 x 18  x 8
Year Made: 2012

Jewelry Shelf Number 5

Jewelry Shelf Number 5

To show off your jewels

Material: walnut, birds-eye maple
Dimensions (h x w x d): 20 x 18 x 3.5
Year Made: 1999



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