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The Precious works are a series of temporary, indoor installations built with countless, small, tropical hardwood shavings. Selected for their place of origin and their intense and unexpected natural colors, the shavings are formed into various shapes and sizes of mounds, waves, depressions, lines and flat expanses.
Hand-formed and held together by gravity and friction, the work is metaphoric, referential, and often whimsical. It comments on our paradoxical relationship with the natural world while imparting a sensual and meditative experience of color, form, texture and aroma.