Da Capo is made out of Phyllostachys nigra, or black bamboo. Black bamboo is an amazing plant. The color varies from green, to green with brown speckles, to jet-black. Soil conditions, growing conditions, and slight varieties in genetic make-up of the plant can help in creating the color variations. Da Capo comes from a series where I investigate the spiral form. As often is the case in my making process, When I create a simple form, I see variation possibilities. I see potential for further work, based on questions I ask myself in the making process. During the making process, I asked, "What would happen if I …?" De Capo is the end result of a line of questioning. Of course, while creating De Capo another series of questions raised. The experimentation continues.
One critic, when writing about this piece, called it a roller coaster for the eyes. I love the idea that the eye can travel along the piece, tracing the movement.
This piece can be a table top piece, but will need museum gel on the feet to hold it in place. It is very light-about 5 lbs. It can also be suspended from the ceiling.