Sensory Deprivation Float Tank
       
     
Ancient Puebloan Pottery Shard
       
     
Pueblo Bonita Kiva
       
     
Sculptural Stone
       
     
Teaching a Platonic Form, the Dodecahedron
       
     
Paper Polygons
       
     
Tiny Components
       
     
Triangles
       
     
Bamboo Connectors
       
     
Many Dodecahedrons
       
     
Phosphenes Assembled
       
     
Installation
       
     
       
     
Sensory Deprivation Float Tank
       
     
Sensory Deprivation Float Tank

Inspirations of Water: A Floating Artist Program, gave me and other selected artists to float for three separate hours to create art after the experiences. Actually, I floated for two and a half hours straight!

Ancient Puebloan Pottery Shard
       
     
Ancient Puebloan Pottery Shard

While in the float tank, I thought about my trip to Chaco Canyon in 2014. Inside I thought about the site artifacts, image motifs, and ancient geometry that was central to that culture.

Pueblo Bonita Kiva
       
     
Pueblo Bonita Kiva

Ancient, “sacred” geometry was integral to the architecture of Pueblo Bonito. I thought about this in the float tank, then it wasn’t long before green and violet colored forms slowly drifted across my visual field.

Sculptural Stone
       
     
Sculptural Stone

In the tank those drifting colored forms were phosphenes. Phosphenes are visual hallucinations. Mine were brought on by my mind seeking visual stimulus in the absence of light in the tank.

I remember this stone and its polygonal contours and openings. This naturally carved stone led to my decision to construct perforated dodecahedrons as part of my artwork.

Teaching a Platonic Form, the Dodecahedron
       
     
Teaching a Platonic Form, the Dodecahedron

As an Artist-in-Residence at Mary Our Queen Catholic School, I taught the Seventh Grade class how to construct the 12 sided form by making 240 folds with 40 pieces of paper.

Paper Polygons
       
     
Paper Polygons

A close-up of the dodecahedron with colored paper.

Tiny Components
       
     
Tiny Components

These were as small as I could handle with my fingers.

Triangles
       
     
Triangles

This project had a couple different approaches to using triangles. One way by hundreds of folds of paper, the other way was by linking the work together. Architecture and engineering were at the heart of both the inspiration and outcome of the project.

Bamboo Connectors
       
     
Bamboo Connectors

I painted the bamboo skewers with India ink, and I used hot glue for most of the construction adhesive.

Many Dodecahedrons
       
     
Many Dodecahedrons

This black and white photo reveal the planning stage of how I would assemble the mobile sculpture.

Phosphenes Assembled
       
     
Phosphenes Assembled

The components are finished and suspended by thin black cordage.

Installation
       
     
Installation

Phosphenes got the center space in the gallery. The slight air currents as viewers walk animated the work. The dodecahedrons turning in space was much like the imagery that I saw in the float tank during my experience.

       
     
Phosphenes Animated

A short time-lapse clip of Phosphenes in motion.

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