a photograph of a small sculpture made of rusty wire.

Resurrections: ECO-logy & ECO-nomy a show organized
by Jennifer Heath 2009

For years I’ve picked up bits of wire on walks around old ranch land in southern Colorado, mostly baling and barbed wire. The barbed wire I stow by fence posts out of harm’s way; the tangled and flattened strands of other wire I take back to the cabin. Some of it I find so alluring I hang it on the cabin wall. The first useful thing I make from my stash of wire is a pair of dowsing rods.

I have three kitchen objects that belonged to my Grandma Bess who kept chickens–two of her egg baskets and a strange-looking contraption to lift pies from the oven. The fourth wire object I keep is an egg separator–an ingenious and lovely coiled “spoon.”

It is the inviting possibilities of Jennifer Heath’s show, Resurrections: ECO-logy and ECO-nomy: A Functional Trash-Art Exhibition that make me realize I have a real affection for wire. I begin my ECO-exploration inspired by these marvelous and hand made kitchen heirlooms and a pile of unwanted wire coat hangers. Already as I make things, I am influenced to seek out more interesting and elegant shapes in the containers of food & goods I buy. Already I am looking to their future, to their continuing as something useful and beautiful. This is wonderful in itself – this sense of continuity and invention. The tender regard I feel for these homemade things is unexpected.