I started by building an armature, which I slowly covered with clay. Layer by layer, the form emerged and gained life, its tentacles twisting and grasping at the air. The organic and flowing structure creates a sense of movement and dimensionality. Hidden throughout the suctions on the tentacles are smiley faces, a humorous and engaging way to connect with the viewer and highlight the curious nature of the octopus itself. After a few months the piece was cast in bronze and patinaed black. By articulating the beauty and complexity of the octopus I hope to illustrate the importance of preserving ocean ecosystems.
The portrait of Mr. Coit was a commissioned work and sculpted from a water based clay with its final form intended to be made from bronze. A wire armature was first made, over which the clay was placed and sculpted to match accurate measurements taken from the client’s face.
Looking at life and nature at a microscopic level, the form draws from the repetition and connectivity of life. Smaller components, resembling simplified cells are joined together by a system of tubing. As air travels through the tubes the cells expand and contract to reveal a layer of color. The sculpture is installed on a wall and demonstrates how we are all part of a larger system.
The surface of the bag is a fabric made from images cut out of magazines, and stitched together with expanding and spiraling topographical stitches. Parts of the bag appear to be carved inwards following another topographical gradient. The fabric is secured to an inner structure made of bristol board using hinges and stitching.
The Arc Brush
The form was inspired by the motion and function of paintbrushes and how they interact with a given material. A sense of unpredictability is encouraged during the making process by the movement of each brush component, highlighting the beauty that comes from embracing process and spontaneity.
A connected system of rectangular frames builds a structured, yet dynamic exoskeleton. Select frames are elevated from the surfaces of others to add depth and enhance the piece’s pattern. Securing the structure to the shoulders are a series of interlinking circular frames. The piece was laser-cut out of acrylic and painted.