Black House
During my career I have also constructed works that were focused on a singular image. Initially, I chose an iconic image - the house - because it had been the focus of many artists and it had such a strong metaphorical context. In some instances, I chose to deconstruct the image to its essential outline. In other instances, I overlaid the image on a safety glass that could be fractured which I felt imparted another metaphorical layer of meaning .

The first series of fractured houses eventually extended to the tragedy of 9/11. I found the geometry of the World Trade Center to be a strong image and found myself immersed in the narrative of that event. For me, the fractured glass heightened the image - and the event.
911
From the 9/11 series I was drawn to producing a work that would, in some way, commemorate and honor the sacrifice of those American soldiers who died during the ongoing Iraq war.
The presentation of the Iraq "memorial" works on a several levels. Each fractured glass panel has a halftone image of a soldier who had died sandblasted onto the surface of the glass along with a statement of how they died. (I had found this information on the internet.)
Each "portrait" panel is set into an old window frame. When the window frame is hung 3 inches away from the wall and a bright light is shone through - the effect is to project the image directly onto the wall. The projection brings the image of the soldier as a living person into focus.
"House" Series
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Title: Hill House
Media: Acid treated black glass, black fired enamel, bees wax
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Title: House on Hill
Media: Plate glass, oil stick, bees wax
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Title: Sky Scraper
Media: Acid treated black glass, colored leaf
"9/11" Series
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Title: 9/11 (1)
Media: Black ink on white opaque glass, acid treated fractured plate glass
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Title: 9/11 (2)
Media: Opaque glass, fractured plate glass, black ink, copper leaf
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Title: 9/11 (3)
Media: Acid treated opaque glass, fractured plate glass, Vitrolite
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Title: 9/11 (4)
Media: Acid treated opaque glass, fractured plate glass, copper leaf
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Title: 9/11 (5)
Media: Acid treated black glass, fractured plate glass, gold leaf
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Title: 9/11 (6)
Media: Acid treated black glass, fractured plate glass, aluminum leaf
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Title: 9/11 (7)
Media: Acid treat black glass, fractured plate glass, aluminum leaf
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Title: Twin Towers (diptych)
Media: Window frame, fractured plate glass, sand blast, photos

Day and Night

Gallery view of 9/11 series
Iraq Memorial
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Title: Iraq Memorial
Media: Old window frame, fractured plate glass, sandblasting, light projection
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Iraq Memorial (close view)