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rico espinet: sculpture

My pieces are artifactual tableaus that utilize form, the placement of form and light.  Referencing natural bodies and often referring to interior life, they are stable containments or frames that host less stable, volatile materials.  In “Excerpts from Ghalib” & “Tribes Hill Aerial” salt is contained, metaphorically suggesting the meaning of felt experience. My hope is to evoke contemplative states and invite reflection.  Beauty, emanating from charged work, inspires internal access to universal presence.
The basic forms that I use in my pieces are frames that create containment or hollows, with a relationship to the fundamental aspects of architecture.  The metal frame is the structure or host.  The horizontal woven hair through the vertical steel warp creates the skin.  There is an in and outside.  The interior space or containment is imagined and not entered.  My process is repetitive and mundane like breathing.  I am interested in the way metal and hair, distinctly different materials, interact. Also, how weaving provides opportunity to suspend thought.

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