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Dec 1, 2011

A link to rural Burma

Dr. Maung and Unfolding Flight. (news story)
Every so often I get to participate in an amazing international outreach and make a connection to a far corner of the world.  Last week it happened again!

Earlier this fall we got a call from Freedom to Create, a Singapore NGO which recognizes and supports obscure champions of human development.  They wanted me to create a sculpture for a new award called the Freedom to Create Women's Leadership Award to honor women's leadership.  I was able to sculpt the work, Unfolding Flight, a figure building its own wings, and get it to them in time for the unveiling/presentation in a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The winner is Dr. Cynthia Maung, a humble doc who came to the aid of thousands who are fleeing a brutal military campaign in Burma but cannot escape into Thailand.  There along the border are 58,000 refugees whom she cares for, piled up like tumbleweeds against a wire fence.

And now one of my sculptures lives in the Burmese jungle! From there it is capable of whispering its message of hope to every passerby– whatever their language– from its perch on the dostor's desk. I feel so honored! On this day, World AIDS day, may we not forget those who are pushed aside...

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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.