“Noēma” is the name I’ve given to the small, hand-formed pieces I create from either bronze or porcelain. The term means “mental object; content of a thought”. As indicated by the traces of my fingerprint impressions within the material, every piece is molded by hand, each one completely unique and conceals the concept of infinity (the lemniscate) presented as two openings.
Their three-dimensional shape infers structures and fragments of possible worlds that can be interpreted and encoded. They harbor biological, mathematical, and geometric conceptions. They reference bones, flowers, shells –and yet echo topological geometries of the torus, knots, fractals, and other forms of theoretical quantum physics within dimensional space.
However, instead of pursuing any likeness, these forms pursue their own liveliness. Possessing a noetic force, I form each one by hand as an intentional component – a structural aspect of experience. Translated from my mind’s eye into the physical realm, the viewer explores their materiality, terrain, shifting topologies, physical arrangements and, at times, their sonic properties. Noēma serve as mediators by indefinitely suspending the relationship between perception and the perceived.
I often group large numbers of noēma into arrangements and large installations. Stacking porcelain noēma causes their delicate edges to catch and their individual fragility and translucency create a strong, stabilized structures that allows for infinite arrangements. Assembling bronze noēma into suspended installations, gravity and movement enable their bronze edges to collide creating infinite arrangements of hypnotic motion and resonance. I also use noēma as tools to create paintings. Dipping them into paint and vibrating across surfaces. They become a moving medium for my paintings offering new layers of material and a patterned language to emerge.
Regardless of arrangement or approach, noēma are dynamic physical forms that contain imprints of my mental world. They are a structural aspect of experience; agents that harbor the conception of consciousness.