"Pyxis Awry 2021 (tilting plinth / shifting sands)", 1/2021, bronze, 12"h  x 24"w   x 12"d  (30 x  61x 30 cm)

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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.

"shifting sands"

Completed on January 19, 2021, inauguration eve of the Biden presidency, this piece like others in the Pyxis Awry series comments on a country adrift. But it also has a hopeful side conveyed through its sub-title and unsettling arrangement of formals elements. The off-kilter, diagonal sliding plinth and cascading vessel suggest that and serious change is underway – that indeed the the gears of democracy are turning and very ground is moving - we are on the verge of a tectonic political shift.





fabrication -January 16-19, 2021