Nots (2011) is a body of work that explores the raveling and unraveling of metaphysical knots through sculpture and drawing. Certain materials have poetic properties that evoke feelings or ideas I would be unable to express in any other medium, and I have lately become attracted to the Manila rope in my local hardware store. To work with it is to wrestle with it: it is rangy and muscular, and it has a long memory. It is linear and gestural, it is taut and slack; it progresses from natural disorder to constructed order in the transformation of fiber to yarn to strand to rope to knot and back again. A knot is an artifact of intelligence and a simple means to stop, stymie, fasten or hold. It may also become an unknot, coiling and looping endlessly into itself in connected and continuous strands. Knots are puzzles, and like mathematical equations they are either true, or else. Beginning with drawing, I envision patterns within the objects to be constructed, and encounter the inevitable gaps between my ideas and the material results of my efforts. The imagined sculptures, the subjects of these drawings, become actual knotted constructions that unweave and tangle into characters that embody contradiction. Returning to drawing, I render the tangible objects and the shadows they cast.