Artist's Statement

The Hindu God, Shiva Nataraja, is the cosmic dancer who unites the opposing forces of creation and destruction. The iconic sculpture of Shiva Nataraja dancing in a ring of fire inspired my Dance of Life sculpture. As a representation of Shiva I chose the spiral shape of DNA, and crafted it with aluminum flashing using origami-like folding. The thickness of aluminum flashing lends itself well to bending, and the wooden circular support enclosing the DNA is mounted using a ball bearing so the piece will turn with changing drafts in a room.