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Artist Statement

Once I was just a wish and then I was chosen. At the time I was born, society found it unacceptable to be unwed and pregnant. My biological mother felt she had no choice but to put me up for adoption. When my new parents, Willard and Ruth, adopted me, they made me feel very special because they consciously chose me to be their son.

When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly! I feel I have led a blessed life and at times have been taught to fly when life has given me less than solid ground. Over the years my work and life have had divine direction through my family, friends and the events of my daily life.

My first grandfather clock "Endless Time" was created after a major wreck I had on the way to Novi, Michigan. My vehicle was hit and knocked over. Now I was sliding down the freeway, with my van on its side and my arm hanging out the window. I prayed that if it was my time that the Lord would receive me in his arms. All at once to my amazement, my van righted itself and I was able to drive to the shoulder and climb out the passenger's side. I had to have plastic surgery to replace the torn skin on my left arm, but other than that, I had no serious injuries. God must have thought I was a long-term project since he obviously was not quite ready for me yet. After this accident, I became even more aware that we do not have endless time on this earth.

In my studio in Marietta, Georgia, I create unique home furnishings. Each piece contains commercial LEDs placed at various intervals in a highly refractive chamber to create sculptured light tunnels.

Since my work is constantly evolving, the materials are also evolving. In my most recent clock "Countdown" I use glass-blown spheres in organized sequences to create clockwise rotation in one second intervals to delineate the passage of time in visual light structures.

Visit my website at www.infinityartfurnishings.com

Infinity Art Furnishings, 1390 East Piedmont Rd., Marietta, GA 30062

Telephone: 513.259.3171 E-mail: dougdurkee@zoomtown.com

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