about

paul-about

where do I work?

While my working studio is located in Kent, Ct. my eye is constantly at work gathering information; assembling and disassembling the detritus of everyday life – the collapsing barn being drawn back to the earth by the season and the pull of gravity; the fading pavement lines worn to near oblivion by the friction of daily urban life; the weathered hillside laid bare by a recent heavy rain; the interior of a factory where chipped paint, broken windows and rusting pipes create a landscape of decay and rebirth; the suspended broken tree branch waiting for the wind to break it free.

My studio is a place of peace and privacy – where I can succeed or fail in total anonymity. In the studio I constantly test myself – transforming materials into ideas and ideas into visual language. If I am not failing some of the time then I am not trying hard enough.

when did I start making things?

I have always made things. As a boy I built models, dioramas and an elaborate train set. These were historical or familiar worlds in miniature that enabled me to control space and time. At 13 I broke my arm and recuperated by collaging every surface of my room, ceiling included, with thousands of images clipped from magazines. After that I painted the room completely black.

Working with my hands been a constant if not always continuous activity. Studios have ranged from industrial spaces in Brooklyn to barns and sheds.

After spending a year at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks studying civil engineering, I transferred to Goddard College to work in their design-build program. At Goddard I discovered glassblowing, which led me to the Pilchuck Center for Glass during the summers of 1974 and 1975 and eventually to Alfred University where I initially studied glass and gradually gravitated toward wood and steel fabricated sculpture.

Since college I have worked in wood, glass, bronze, Styrofoam, steel, rubber and a variety of found materials.