I was asked to outline  the path that led me to create images from the remains of long dead musical instruments.  To the best of my memory this is how it went: in 1988 I was stationed on the Island of Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd Marine Division Field Band.  I was responsible for the maintenance and repair of their inventory.  During one of the many hurricanes I experienced, I ran out of books to read and became very bored.  To occupy my time I began to see what I could piece together out of scrap and excess parts.  I came up with several lamps that didn’t look too bad and over the years I expanded that idea to more complex lamps, then music boxes and now full circle to straight sculpture.

I’m not sure where this road will take me but so far the people I’ve met along the way have become an extremely important part of my life.

Technically yours,

J. Gleason