"Cliff House and Kiva, Mesa Verde, Colorado."
Steel. 1990. 50" x 20" x 15".
The Anasazi were American Indians who resided in the four corners
( Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona ) area of the United States
from approximately 800 to 1400 AD. The early form of their house
is referred to as the 'basketmaker house'. Over time, the house
form moved further out of the ground, while the ceremonial lodge,
the kiva, moved further into the ground. This demonstrates the significance
of house and religious dwelling forms as reflecting the origin of
a culture.This sculpture therefore shows the two house forms derived
from the basketmaker house.
The sculpture is derived in my interest in minimal forms, and forms
placed on the ground. These forms are therefore introverted. They
do not approach the viewer with their meaning. It is the task of
the viewer to determine the meaning, and what is revealed or concealed
in the form.