As a child, I was attracted to the form of villi as illustrated in my science textbook. Something about the cooperating multitude of closely analogous forms appealed to me. Intestinal villi are a primary region of intake, where the bodily external and internal meet and items are transferred. They constitute an intimate interface where part of external world is extracted and transferred to the body. Items are transformed, nutrition taken up.
These pieces thematically align with the grouping of belly sculptures. The villi form reoccurs occasionally in my pieces represented rather directly as though part of an enlarged biology model. Or villi can appear abstracted, such as test tubes. In these pieces villi can signify other kinds of intake and transfer-whether intellectual, economic, emotional or spiritual.