Utah is a vast and colorful state with the best snow on earth and the most vibrant painted deserts. "Undulate Color Blocking" is created by a representation of Murray City's iconic Murray City Public Park depicting Utah's most spectacular sunsets and the undulating Wasatch Mountains. Abstracting the colors of the image for this work shows the liminal spaces. Color blocking is an artistic technique exploring taking colors opposite of the color wheel and pairing them together to make exciting and complimentary color combinations. Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian are Known for using this technique in their work.
I want to thank everyone who worked on this project. Murray City, GSBS Architects, Layton Construction, Case Roofing, and Aisling Art Installation. There are so many more that helped in small and significant ways. Being selected to represent Murray City is a tremendous honor.
My work is about abstraction. It is a literal abstraction with a point of departure, often abstract itself, that I encode, then find a way to translate into pure form, pure material, and pure color. My practice is an exploration of liminal spaces. I investigate the territory between art and craft, image and idea, rules and anarchy, and science and intuition. Craft is highly codified. This is particularly the case with glass—if you don't follow the laws of physics, the whole work will be astray—yet it is also the playground where rules can be bent, and boundaries can be pushed. Science is also that way—in the physics of glass, as well as in genetics, biology, and chemistry—all science. Science is a codified, regulated world where intuition happens within the structure of the discipline and rules are broken, and boundaries are challenged. A minimalist approach gives my work a contemporary feel and illuminates its simple beauty. Glass is a smooth, rough, and mysterious substance, yet at the same time, a very ordinary substance. It can be as common as a window pane glass or a treasured work of art. It's part of our world culture. Glassmaking has been estimated to have been around for over 5,000 years. Yet, the same piece of glass can appear invisible at one moment and opaque at another through its display of reflection. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist. Right down to the chemical structure of the glass. As a glass artist, the alchemist of the molecular structure of glass instructs the glass to behave in a particular manner. This is where the playground of an artist and science comes together.