This is a small sampling of work I've done:
These two photos were taken during a 5-day class on sculpting the head, working from the inside out. I was unable to attend the last day (to finish the piece), but was quite pleased with my first efforts at sculpting.
I received an art grant to make a burnable installation piece for 2008's fall Playa del Fuego. The photos below are from conception to realization to burn. The seahorse alone was 10' tall and made of driftwood gathered along the Potomac. It sat on a burn stack 5' high.
An armature was constructed first (support structure for a sculpture). Using sketches I'd done of a seahorse as guidance, my assistant and I proceeded to cover the armature and fill out the seahorse over two evenings, taking a total of about 7 hours to essentially "finish" the piece for transportation. We spent another day putting on finishing touches (like the "spines" along the back and head, fireworks, etc.). At the same time we laid out a bunch of natural materials (pine cones, interesting roadside brush, seed pods, weeds, string, paper, markers, wire) and put up a sign saying "Build Your Own Effigy!" Folks did, and we ended up with 40-50 little effigies, most of which were put in the belly of the beast.
Before the seahorse was burned there was a fire performance. We lit the seahorse with flaming staves and it took roughly a half hour to finally fall. You can see the first two minutes, thirty seconds of the burn.
A year before the seahorse, I built these two giant 8' mushrooms with the help of an art grant I received from Playa del Fuego, (fall 2007). Matrials included plywood, wood, pvc, fabric, el-wire and various types of fasteners. The whole project took less than a month (the time I was given), and the actual cutting / painting / building phase only a week and a half.
Initial design concept:
The sculptures were interactive in two ways: a) they included benches which many people used while eating, socializing or watching activities going on nearby and b) I wrote "What are you growing in your life?" on the stems and left markers, which people used to write on the fabric scraps stuffed in holes on the stems.
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