Integrating Fine Art & Architectural Elements
“As an art historian and curator, I’ve admired Sandra’s work as an architect and artist. I have been especially interested in her sense of the importance of art in the life of an individual or community; finding in places and nature, the authentic human connection.”
– Helen A. Cooper, Curator Emeritus of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery
Transforming everyday objects and spaces into extraordinary experiences; creating a magnet that invites participation and engagement.
As an architect of contemporary architectural design and now working as an artist, my focus is to engage people in a shared experience; capturing an authentic sense of place, context and narrative. I view the integration of Fine Art & Architectural Elements offered through my newest venture, Studio Vlock, as a natural evolution of that vision; one that enables me to design pieces that inspire memorable experiences and create unique environments for social gathering, quiet reflection, and visual delight.
Studio Vlock began when I acquired two 58" diameter antique mooring buoys with the intent to repurpose them as steel sphere fire pits. These weatherworn orbs with their hulking shackles were initially intimidating to me! I saw them as iconic ancient mariners with their own powerful stories to tell and I was reluctant to impose my own story on them. But I eventually did, creating dramatic and engaging fire sculptures.
Repurposed objects and other sustainable materials, such as corten and stainless steel, have now become my canvas. Each limited production piece tells a story—real or imagined—that is inspired by nature and shared experience. Fireballs are re-imagined steel mooring buoys; an object that once anchored boats now serves as an anchor for communal gatherings, transforming outdoor spaces into intimate places. Decorative Fire Screens are elevated from the mundane to the magical; creating a focal point and conversation piece. Gates & Screens, as architectural elements, enliven and engage the landscape; capturing the imagination. This creative journey fully animates my work.
What excites me is transforming environments and spaces into extraordinary experiences; creating a magnet that invites participation and engagement.