Theophilus Thompson: An Elusive Kinetic Portrait
2020, steel, aluminum, glass, copper, enamel With over 1000 hand-formed aluminum tiles which spin and flicker, this pixelated portrait of Theophilus Thompson, an early African American chess expert, mathematician and teacher from Frederick, shifts and changes in the wind, honoring him while acknowledging his obscure history.
2021, steel, aluminum, paint, gold leaf An exploration of bird murmurations, the weight of loneliness, and power of community. This kinetic sculpture has three levels of dramatic kinetic response to the wind: the aluminum tiles move in the slightest breeze, the first axis rotates in a light breeze, and the main axis rotates when there is a stronger wind. A central pair of gears engages the movement of the entire piece and prevents it from finding equilibrium.
"Vapor Line" 2020 aluminum, paint, steel, mesh Riverside Park in Indianapolis reclaimed a vast area which was once golf course for the public - five art installations throughout were part of a community outreach to spark discussion about the space, which has extensive flood plains and wetlands, and to invite the public to come in and explore. Crooked Creek winds invisible, but near, for many of the park's paths. This piece echoes the creek up into the trees and wind for passerby to see.