These pieces are built on the properties of water in glass: reflection, refraction, distortion, and mirroring. There are paintings or video or newspaper clippings under the bottom, but these are not visible unless the eye is above water line. Below, everything is mirrored.
I discovered these properties totally by chance, while installing pieces in shows, and each subsequent piece incorporated my learning from the previous piece. One thing I learned is that galvanized steel rusts.
In this piece, forms sit outside looking in on a magical scene. In the upper chamber, the water evaporates and condenses against the top glass, and a steady soft rain falls.
One solitary object in the upper chamber has acquired company, visually.
This piece is a memorial to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. A few boats sit placidly on the water, anchored with lead. Multiplied and distorted, they sit over newspaper clippings and photos of the devastation.
My friend Laura Foreman was a dancer, a choreographer, a sculptor, and a writer, who died of cancer at age 52. I thought she would be pleased with a birdhouse built from a fish tank. She would also like the riot of color, the reflection and duplication of form, and the inclusion of all her beloved endeavors into one work.