Items we keep and store start to define us and become the image of ourselves stored in our minds.” I woke up with that initial thought and began the creation of “Trunk.” which is an image of storage itself, a sarcophagus transforming into an old steamer trunk used to store items that have become precious and hold self definition. I combined text as a texture and dates within the text that correspond with every year of my life. In this way, Trunk has become a time capsule or even a time machine for any given year, a record of who I am to this point in time. The items collected along that journey, are the items kept and stored: from people I have known, places I have been, a symbol of who I am.
VIDEO: Trunk, Bronze
Most of the items in my trunk are visible here with the exception of the key and straps.
There is a pomegranate in my Trunk.
And there is the mango.
Wire brushing the bronze this evening-- So many details. So little time.
"Stitching" the top this evening. God is in the details.
While taking a break for some water I'll post you a pic of the woven underside. Not easy to see when it's shown unless you get down on your knees in the gallery.
Some times after working on your sculpture all day you just want to take a break and think about it.
Don't kick the stick.
Weaving the bottom.
My bronze record for my bronze record player! Shazam!
Video: “Spinal” cast bronze (wip)
Cast Bronze 53.5in x 5.5in x 6in (full scale brooms)
Cast and fabricated bronze.
'The persistence of memory(ies)' that are sometimes buried.
This sculpture went through 3 burials to achieve the patina- once in the mud under the lake, twice in the ground under the soil and wet leaves.
After 3 buries- once in the mud under the lake, two in the ground under the soil and wet leaves, it has finally made it back to the city. I'm trying to decide if it should be hung by its handle or draped over the peg.
More tasty patina pics. Oh mama! That lake and soil did some super mojo to this bronze.
Enameled (powder coated) cast bronze.
Tusk. Enameled bronze, 2016
Cast and fabricated bronze, suede flocking
"See them tumbling down, Pledging their love to the ground! Lonely, but free, I'll be found, Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds"
Etched steel axe head and cast bronze.
Bread started as a large red oak carving of a bread loaf. I took a rubber mold off of a fallen tree and reproduced the bark in wax to form around the loaf. The wax was cut off and cast in bronze and then welded back around the oak bread loaf.
In my reconstruction series, I have taken personal items from my past and transformed them back towards their previous state before I acquired them. In Reconstruction #1, I have transformed a pair of crocodile shoes which I bought in Bamako, Mali. The shoes are stitched on cast bronze (soles/teeth and jaws). The stand is felted cast bronze mounted on a travertine base. The red strap is made of leather.
Bread, version #2
cast resin, brass rivets, suede flocking
Oil on canvas, 7' x 5'. Hole is a companion piece to Trunk. I painted a hole big enough to fit "Trunk" (6' x 2'). I plan to paint a series of holes for every piece in this new body of work.
Tolling Bell (WIP), bronze. The bell is currently buried under ground.