On a Monday in December, 1995 the Houston Chronicle ran an article entitled "From Amok to Zar"; It excerpted "culturally bounded psychosis syndromes" from the 4th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. When I was a child, my mother would admonish me to "stop running amok" when I became over exuberant in my play. It turns out that "Amok" is a primarily Malaysian disorder where the symptoms include "brooding followed by a violent outburst...& is prevalent among men". While it may not have been exactly appropriate to a boisterous child, I knew what my mother was talking about, and altered my behavior. I find it intriguing that mental disorders can be particular to entire cultures as well as individual people.

At the time, I had been working on Styrofoam patterns for a run of bronze castings; I began to think about various syndromes as I was working on these smaller pieces. While I don't try to illustrate the syndrome, I do attempt to use forms or relationships suggested by a syndrome. Over the years the series has used cast metals, fabricated steel, and stabilized foam.


Pieces from the Psychoses series were exhibited in 1997 in a one person exhibit at Weekend Gallery in Houston and another one person exhibit at San Antonio College in San Antonio, TX. In 2001 Psychoses pieces were included in the Three Person Exhibit, at Galerie Luca, in Zaltbommel, NL. In 2005 some of the larger steel pieces were exhibited in a group exhibit at the Coady Contemporary Gallery, in Santa Fe, NM. Recent exhibits include the 2011 IronTribe Exhibit, at the Burris Hall Art Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, NM, and 2012 "Atomic Cast Iron Commission" exhibits at Texas Womens University in Denton, TX and Baylor University in Waco, TX.


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