Artist's Statement: As a Paleo-osteological Interpreter, I collect bones of contemporary mammals and, using those bones, I create skeletons of imaginary creatures and artifacts. The sculptures I create are life-sized, from one foot square to almost 10 feet tall. Each retains the grace and beauty present in all skeletal forms. For each piece I write a history that is affectionately satirical of the more science-based explanations found in natural history museums. Within those histories and the skeleton's appearance, an anatomical integrity is present. They conform to the reality of science and, more importantly, contain an element of whimsical interpretation. My work has been a presence in Lowertown for many years, where I've participated in the St. Paul Art Crawl since 2004. My studio is laid out and illuminated to suggest a natural history museum with low lighting and the stories I write posted on the walls near each creature. The atmosphere encourages visitors to exercise their own imaginations as they recognize that the skeletons they have hitherto viewed as science might also be seen as works of art that they can enjoy with unanticipated and even playful enthusiasm.
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