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Cervidae

96” x 48” x 40”
vitreous china
2003

Cervidae was created in an Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wisconsin. This piece has its roots in the history of science museum dioramas. Cervidae represents an idyllic view of nature. Familiar, and in our minds eye, the epitome of what is present “out there”. Originally the word diorama meant, “to see through” and referred to scenes painted on translucent fabric used in theatre. In this piece, the setting is one in which the viewer is allowed to “see through” and discover the hidden order in nature. Elements are based on mathematical formulas that reveal themselves in patterns of growth, such as fractals, hexagonal packing and the Fibonacci sequence. These patterns reveal an underlying structure and order that is both elemental and universal.