Red, Yellow, and Blue
Red, Yellow, and Blue. Cedar supports, plywood ring, Oak, Poplar, and Pine dowels and polyester grosgrain ribbon. 7' diameter, 7.5' tall. On the quad in front of Rockefeller Hall.

This sculpture began as my attempt to sculpturally express myself in an abstract expressionist manner. I had a vision of creating a object in the same way a painter paints expressively and abstractly; I had no intention of representing form in any sense, but merely wanted to make expressive marks on a three-dimensional canvas. I placed ribbons—each measuring essentially my wingspan (as much as I could reach each time)— on this wooden frame, considering each strand's appearance and relation to other strands. I tried to capture the emotions of the production in each stroke of ribbon. I also considered invoking a feeling of weightlessness with upward, optimistic strokes and a jarringly colorful scheme.

I consider the wooden ring and the vertical dowels to be a formal, static platform for my ribbon-painting. It is the canvas, the rigid wooden frame on which an image can form. The form is supposed to be basic, but attractively so; it exists solely to highlight the ribbon work on the spool.

Personally, when I inhabit the sculpture, I feel the sense of weightlessness I was trying to capture. There is something beautiful in the simplicity of the coloured fabric climbing those verticals that reach for the sky.

In progress, in the sculpture studio.
The interior, at an alternate location in pine stand on Josselyn lawn.