THINGS ON FIRE

Things on Fire is motivated by the challenge of sculpting ephemeral form and by the exploration of vivid color, with cartoony and stylized results. While some pieces in the series keep this visual message central, others introduce the fire and a sense of peril to more familiar objects in our environments.

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PRIZEWINNERS

The Prizewinner series combines decorative and celebratory imagery with some unlikely heroes and situations. The characters are aspirational (with eyes towards the sky) but unappreciated. I choose to reward their endurance and persistence with the oversized ribbons they deserve.

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STILL LIFES

This body of work is inspired by the genre of still life painting (functioning traditionally as a reminder of mortality) particularly by the compositions of Chardin. Simplified but realistic representations of game animals are contrasted with cartoonishly glazed and artificially bright and vibrant elements (dripping oranges and apples, bright yellow canaries, flowing colors). The jarring compositions are meant to correlate with the complexity and strain of our attempt to understand mortality in its entirety.

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LUCKY CHARMS

These oversized good luck charms are reminders of our connection to the natural world, and to the bad luck that usually accompanies that relationship.

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MONKEYS

In the “Monkey” series, sinister primates make the case for coming to terms with our own baser instincts, while simultaneously aspiring to some higher plane of existence. Part hero and part villain, engaged in often ambiguous and always suspicious undertakings, the monkeys describe the limits of evolution and magnify our own struggles to define our humanity.

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ARMY MEN

The generic army man is a toy that children play with to act out war scenarios (obviously and inevitably involving death and killing). My scaled-up renditions of the subject take things a step farther by removing the toy’s normal death-dealing poses and attributes and replacing them with more benign and pleasant activities.

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GHOSTS

The ghosts represents another way of addressing the struggle to come to terms with our mortality and the the lack or existence of a spiritual dimension. In a childish solution, the figures simply dress themselves up like ghosts with sheets over their heads. Their efforts are as futile as my own attempts to sculpt something amorphous and immaterial from a material as heavy and permanent as clay.

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ARCHIVE

miscellaneous favorites

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