My new work continues to address a lifelong interest in biomorphic shapes reminiscent of living or once living things. I am fascinated by the way in which all natural objects can be reduced to curvilinear, flowing form- from a single cell, to the smallest shells and bones, to a swarm of living insects, or to the flight of birds. When nature is viewed in this way, there is a kind of order and connection imposed on the seeming chaos and diversity of our world. The objects I construct are placed within the confines of a box (another kind of "order")- which is then duplicated like the building blocks of life itself.
Replication with variation is a theme that continues to interest me as well: the almost endless variety of life, which follows a strict pattern when considered at its most basic underlying structure- again that of the cell. The square (box) symbolizes and imposes this order upon a stream of endless, swirling movement. The most recent sculptures incorporate multiple layers (strata) and/or perforations that allow light (life) to flow through the forms. The resulting shadows intensify and heighten the element of mystery inherent in all living form. Finally, my work is a kind of ongoing effort to render in some tangible way my sense of wonder at the unity of all organic form.
Joan Fine, 2007