Surface with Sticks #3, 2007. Mixed media, 32" x 50" x 70".
What interests me about boats is the precise, but
intuitive construction of a form that reflects the
naturally occurring system in which it functions. I
like this as a process. I make a few guesses about
how I think nature ought to work, then start an
experiment that’s not so much about testing theories
as it is about building something to function
within a world defined by them. Eventually
this world runs into reality, things don’t work,
and I have to alter my ideas to be more compatible
with nature. Once things start working, a
functioning apparatus is completed.
Carnegie Mellon University
Faculty Sponsor: Patricia Bellan-Gillen