On Form And Linearity

The series “On Form and Linearity” represents my lifelong interest in shells and the practice of line making in drawing. The economy of line and the subsequent emergence of form compliment the simplistic, yet highly ordered structure of the shell. Often there would be one defining line that would indicate the structure of a shell. Intent of finding that line I would typically use that as the starting point in the composition. The strength of the work rested on

that one line. If the initial line was flawed the process would be started over. Within all these series I can identify this line. The result of this practice lead to this unscientific observation that there are basically two forms of shell: Those that build upon themselves and those that ‘dissolve’ as they build. Whether this is something that others have witnessed I do not know.