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I collect old, discarded items: some natural like bones or wood; some man made-like wheels or wire. I look for old things that show the graphic effects of aging: the beauty and harshness of the breaking down over time of all things. I look for things that are burnt, broken, rusty, crushed, bent, and stained. These things have an implied history or narrative. The final art work will tell a story or convey a message, but the interpretation of that message is up to the viewer. I do want the art to have an emotional presence but refined aesthetics are secondary to the context.