“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Observing the natural landscape around me, I’m inspired by the unique patterns and distinctive shapes from plants, animals as well as the colors and textures of rocks. The seeming permanence of metal and stone used as compositional elements captures the essence of what I see, and I translate those elements and designs into sculptures.
It starts with the stone. I use sandstone and slate from the Southwestern deserts as a foundation for the sculptures. The look, feel and texture of the stone influences the shape the metal will ultimately become.
My intent is to show the relationship and origin of the metal from the earth, and bring it full circle in its journey back to its original state. Forming metal pieces into repetitive shapes that mimic those found in nature enables me to convey this connection.
My goal is for the sculptures to reveal an alternative perspective, providing the viewer with a diverse and unique visual experience.
It all started when Dennis Robert was six years old on a shopping trip with his mom. As she pulled into a store parking lot he noticed a fountain of sparks coming from a construction area next to the entrance. A man with a robot-looking mask was welding a large pipe. In the...