I was recently invited to create an installation for the entrance of the Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party held at the American University Katzen Arts Center. This is a glitzy affair held once a year to raise money for the amazing non-profit gallery Transformer, which has been a big supporter of my work over the years. I already had donated a piece to be auctioned off, but I was honored to create a brand new work for this exciting event.
After visiting the site to get an idea of the space I'd be working with, I began to sketch out ideas of a bold "floral" sculpture that would practically leap out at the viewer. I imagined the essence of nature overflowing, in the form of a vibrant wave washing away negativity and waking people from their apathetic stupor. Once I had some ideas in play, I began to amass the materials and begin the intense production process. I pulled apart hundreds of fake flowers and sewed them into bold graphic patterns on sections of colored fabric. These petalled panels were then wrapped around large sculptural forms of shaped chicken wire fencing and hand-sewn into place.
Finally the big day arrived and we hauled the piece from my studio over to AU. I arrived to find the entryway ready with wall-to-wall astroturf carpeting, green curtains, and an "ivy" wall. After a few hours of adjustments the piece was in place and everything was ready for the big night.
The auction and my installation were a huge success and it was lovely to see so many people come out to support the DC art scene.