The theme of this new body of work is myself as a survivor, improvisor and problem solver on a post-apocalyptic, remote
"Treasure Island". Everything is made from found materials and objects, castoffs of a digital society. The
story is a mix of Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, and Heart of Darkness.
On my Treasure Island I have
created and placed herms, or trail markers, one of them indicating the site of buried treasure. I make abacuses for
trade deals with neighboring tribes. I invent an hourglass. I am cursed with an aesthetic sensibility,
which complicates the problem-solving mix. I invent things to stay alive, and not go crazy. I make references
to an Art World I once knew, an Art World Castaway on the Dark Side of the Moon.
The work is based also on my impressions
of Korean life, its people, culture and wildlife. I have been living in South Korea now for almost two years, quietly
taking notes and living the life of a stranger in a strange land. Inevitably, there is in the new work a meeting of
Eastern and Western thought. I made only sculpture more out of necessity than choice, as I needed desperately to work
while all my painting materials were enroute on a container ship, months away. In the Creative Space Saving Ideas For
A Dangerous World section it shows me slowly losing my grip, obsessed with organizing things, during this long transition
from my former life in New York. The real "survivor" here is my sanity, as I regain my creative footing
after two years of not once lifting a brush. The final piece in the series, "Brushholder Returns", is a celebration
of my feeling like an artist again. Living here has already broadened my horizon and worldview by many orders of magnitude.