Adornment

I went to Portugal and Spain seeking and expecting to see a lot of decorative art applied to things from chapels to architecture to sculpture and streetscapes; instead what I discovered was something more intense than what I usually thought about decoration; what I’ll call Adornment. I may have thought of decoration as something applied to the surface, over something else, and and hiding, or not fully part of, another thing; an afterthought. Adornment means for me the accumulation of detailed elements into a synergizing aura becoming the object itself; there’s no boundary between the adornment and the object; each single part has adornment included in it.

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I’m sure I’d like to bring adornment into my work, over-ripe, sensual, vibrant, and rich; Not words I normally use about my sculpture.

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