"Pyxis Awry (strainer IV- cross current)", 12/2020, bronze, 4.5"h x15"w x8"d (11.5 x 38 x 20cm)

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Pyxis is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for a mariner's compass   Pyxis is completely visible in latitudes south of 53 degrees north from January through March.

awry  1 : in a turned or twisted position or direction: askew      2 : off the correct or expected course: amiss


The works in this series feature a “vessel” form - historically understood in art and literature as a

symbol or metaphor for the self, a group of people, human kind. If the vessel's compass is awry it will likely end up adrift, untethered, off course.

My intent with this series is raise questions/search for answers relative to personal (or a group) decisions or courses of action and

shed light on the resulting consequences, whether they are personal, political, environmental.


strainer: major river hazard in kayaking/canoeing.

It is created by a manmade or natural obstruction such as a tree, root system, fencing, or guard rails

"Cross Current"

Created at the very beginning of the Biden administration, the suggestion of "cross current" reflects the county's atmosphere of political discord still at cross purposes.




fabrication January 2021