My sculpture On has stirred up more conversations than I can count. I created this piece out of wood in 2017 while working on my Master of Fine Arts from Lesley University. It was very well received in the many critiques I experienced at school. I decided to enter it in a call for art or two and it has been accepted to every one I submitted it to.
I created On as a method of acceptance to the things I simply cannot turn off. A skill I learned while endured two combat tours to Iraq while I was in the US Army was to pay attention to details. I needed to know when something was different. When things were different while on a patrol a threat was imminent. In the years following my return to the United States and civilian life, I have been able to calm the constant threat assessments through my senses. However, there is one sense that is hyper-alert to this day with no likelihood of calming down. Every conversation I have turns into an exercise in extreme concentration. I can hear everything.
Nearly every person I have interacted with about this piece can relate to it. Everyone has something they cannot turn off.