Rigoletto draws inspiration from the Verdi opera. It is the story of a court jester whose jealousy and possessiveness of his only daughter leads to her death. The piece can be perceived alternately as a jester's hat or the lower half of a sunken female. Rigoletto consists of grapevines woven about a wooden skeleton of branches attached with pegs.
My sculpture focuses on the delicate balance between nature and human society and the dynamics of this relationship. The duality of female torso and jester hat in Rigoletto is a reminder of our covenant with mother nature and the folly of abuse of the planet. - M. L.