Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pistachio Beak

So I was eating a pistachio and was pondering the shape of the shell.

A couple years ago I found a dead bird in a plastic bag on my front porch. It had decayed and mummified in the bag, as though someone had been saving it. I decided to use the skull to make a semi life-like quasi-true-to-anatomy sculpture of a bird. I think it was originally a cardinal, and ended up looking like some sort of flightless shore bird. Very curiosity cabinet-esque.  I ended up trading with the ceramicist of my thesis group, Tara Wright, for one of her pieces. I tried not to dwell too much on the fact that I had found it in a bag on my front step, but aside from that, I had been a little creeped out about using animal remains in a sculpture. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I love the work of artists who do so. Just made me feel a little tainted.

Back to the pistachio. The shell was sort of beak-ish. Thinking about the bird piece, I figured the beak would have been the hardest part to fake, and an idea formed. Working with the already unusual shape of a pistachio shell, also warped by roasting, I ended up being able to make what I feel is a fairly convincing beak out of two pistachio shells, or four halves. Not wanting to simply re-create the same bird, I decided to take it a bit further with the curiosity cabinet look, thinking about the fiji mermaid specifically.

The piece is still in progress, but I also kind of like the mechanical-ish look of the legs. Not sure how exactly I’ll end up skinning/painting it, or if I’ll add any more structural components, or how this ties in to the rest of my art practice, but I had an afternoon and it was a lot of fun. Enjoy.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Versioning of Trees

Working with the idea of these flat trees. They feel much more theatrical and painterly, which could be a good thing with the right piece. However, I’m not sure that they’re working here. Granted these are just quick pieces to look at the idea, and maybe I will continue to experiment, but I don’t think they’re visually strong enough to support the work on their own. Maybe more as a garnish on something else with more ideas in play… Works well, -ish, as a backdrop to my name. And maybe that is all they will ever act as, a backdrop. More likely it will just continue to be what it originally was, a quick visual place holder for more elaborate and detailed trees. None the less, enjoyed exploring the idea a bit, and maybe they’ll make a reappearance in future work. Could be fun just to disperse the 105  little trees around town.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Artistic Influences

Artistic Influences

New piece in progress. I feel as though I came to it organically, but at the same time I feel like it is referencing something very specific, but I can’t quite put my finger on what, or who.
The trees at the top are flat. They were just a stand in as I worked on more detailed trees. Once they were in place however, I like them. They are so different from the rest of my work, as is this piece in general. The whole piece is relatively flat, wall mounted, and balanced on a central pin. It can rotate. I like the direction it is headed, into new territory certainly, yet at the same time referencing my previous work, particularly my experience in theatre. This piece is going to be very different from my others, in many ways, but particularly in that it is meant to be viewed from a distance, with less of an inclination to come in close… at least thus far. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. It feels similar to my work as a scenic artist in theatre. I also feel like there have got to be very direct references to different artists to whom I must have been exposed, but I can’t bring them to mind. If anyone has any suggestions on other artists to look into, let me know.

Tagged , , , , , ,