Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a San Francisco artist living in a city with a rapidly changing skyline and economic landscape. Two years ago I lost my studio of 26 years. Then, this month I was forced out again. Luckily, I found another place to work. Out of concern for the massive displacement occurring these past few years, I became politically involved. I hoped that by participating, I could add my voice with the other vulnerable groups also threatened with displacement, in an attempt to make our concerns heard.
When you create, what inspires you?
Nature: whether it’s earthly and textural or lyrical and rhythmic. My surface patinas might remind one of ancient lichen on a rock’s surface, or drips of condensation down a window, an oily swirl on water, or a closeup of a field of swaying reeds.
Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted pieces.
I was accepted in a show last year with the challenge to create 50 pieces in 50 days. Here are 3 of those 50. The art was created in a grid format of 7×7 pieces. The inner group was made using copper, around that was brass, and the perimeter consisted of steel and aluminum. The 50th piece was set off to the side. Once completed, I saw our solar system. Sol became the name of the 50th piece. The inner 7 were named for the planets, and the remaining pieces were given the names of many of the planetary moons.
What is your medium of choice? Why?
Metal. In metal I find a rugged beauty. It reminds me of the qualities of mountains and rocks etched with time and rooted in place. It’s unyielding strength becomes an
invitation to a tussle, to change its form. Using the strength of my hands and body, a flat sheet morphs into an undulating shape. Or, as a prospector of the land, I will delve into an unassuming surface, and then through chemical alterations, bring forth beauty from what was once plain.
How did you first discover your love for creating?
We are all naturally creative as children. I just never gave it up.
fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel attraction?
Love. It is the mysterious energy behind what I am attracted to. There is no what other than love. If anything, I could say it is my essence, my true nature, or my raison d’etre and the power that enables me to play and create.