Desert Flame, 2014 • 477 Main Street
“As I sit here looking at Desert Flame I am reminded of all the desert plant life I have observed in the American Southwest. This sculpture looks like one type of plant but represents all the plants that, over eons of time, have adopted to harsh environments. The spiky shapes minimize the surface area exposed to the direct overhead sun. The thick flesh stores nutrients and moisture for long periods of time. The gritty texture is tactile self-defense. The basic form of this sculpture is a a bundle of tall, pointed, organic shapes. That same form is found in many other plants. I am thinking of undersea plants anchored to the sea floor and those ornamental grasses in many peoples’ gardens.
I am a sculptor who creates smaller pieces in ceramic and stone, and also builds larger ferro-cement public sculpture. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, lived in Manhattan for many years and currently live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where I have the studio space to do my work. I studied art and sculpture in Brooklyn College and developed my welding skills at Pratt Institute. Twelve years ago I started building with the steel armatures and cement shell technique. I have shown my public pieces in multiple sculpture parks and received a Puffin Foundation Grant in 2010 for one of these pieces. I have participated in national and international exhibitions and my work can be found in many private and public collections.” NT