As you can see, slaving away is really not an exaggeration! I am working with 50 squares of cast resin with interesting objects and better than them. The stones form a pair of spirals whose center is a separately cast resin piece with very interesting interiors!
The slaving away part of this really comes from having to do whatever I do to one Square, I have to do to all 50 squares! Because this is not my first rodeo, as I am encountering things that I can make jigs for, I am setting myself up with a set of tools to work with this 50 square mold so that at least all my figuring out will not be for naught😆
The biggest challenge I faced, was trying to figure out how to ensure that every single square was positioned both at the same exact height, because in this piece, I would like them all at the same height. There will be other pieces where I play with varying heights, but not this one.
This piece they need to be exact, and I have constructed strips of pvc with Teflon tape on top that will slide underneath these squares, while I am gluing them into their drilled holes on the background, and keep them exactly the same distance apart from the background. The idea is that once the glue is set, and they are all properly placed, I will be able to slide these five strips out, and all will be well!
The photo with the T squares, and the red marker lines on the background is the layout on the final backing piece for the placement of each of these squares. I have placed frisket paper, which is a low tack clear acetate sheet over the PVC background so I can draw on it and keep it protected. I will also be able to mark the drill hole positions on this, drill the holes and then remove the frisket paper so that I can place the squares properly🤞🤞🤞
Check back for the finished product, I have also figured out a wonderful hanging system that is secure and allows the piece to float an inch and a half away from the back wall where it’s mounted. I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to put some back lights on it so that there will be a soft glow around the edge.
yes, it has been a while! Lots going on in the studio: several 3D wall pieces in the works, one has a home already! I’m experimenting with metal finishes and patinas over PVC - light weight and dimensional. Also working on cutting 12” steel hemispheres into what appears to be alien artifacts - basically seeing what I can do with my plasma cutter and an open mind.
And, of course, I continue to do custom designed pieces for those hard to find spots! The sunset piece incorporates driftwood with welded, painted steel.
This piece is titled “Disrupt The Flow”. Total dimensions are 24” sq, each cube is 1”sq.
In this piece you can actually slide the center column of cubes sideways on clear Perlon cords (like giant fish line) to change the “flow”.
Most of the pieces that I have done in the cube series have some element of interaction with them so that people can actually physically change a piece that is in front of them. Currently the exception to this would be “Mounting Perspective“ which allows the viewer to realize the different views as they walk by the piece.
You may recall, that I am the eternal optimist. I have chosen to recognize the last nine weeks as a gift. Rather than huddle terrified in my space, listening to the news talking death 24/7, I decided to use this as a healing and creating time.
It’s only in retrospect that I can fully appreciate how necessary this time was for me. Some of you know all of the things that have happened over the last three years in my life, I have not had a moment to fully reflect, go through, address and move forward due to life continuing (as it will).
During this time, I have had a blissful flow of creativity. Things that needed to come out and be illustrated in ways that may communicate to others and ease their pain or help in their journey. I continue to explore both media and message, my message stays consistent in being aware of what’s around you, recognizing the power you have to change not just your world but others’ worlds as well.
The images above show the progress on a piece that deals with 54 1cm cubes colored with both primary and secondary colors to represent all of us with all of our differences and all of our baggage, these are exploding out of a central cube of white illustrating how we all start together and we all have our own paths and even when someone chooses another path, it really just means they’re bringing new things to someplace else.
I have found in the creation of my cube series, that the process of creation is absolutely as important as the end result. I have learned to channel my inner OCD (which I never knew I had) and revel in the process and the detail and the ritual which allows me to arrive at a finished piece with great depth and meaning. Like reading a good long book, it stays with me while I am immersed in it and colors the way I view the world.
This piece is about how perspective changes as we move up the mountain of life. As much as we may want to enlighten those who are walking behind us, without the perspective of time, many will not listen.
Each cube rises in 1/4” increments to the center summit. As you approach this work, you have little to no awareness of the complete image the colored tops create. Only by walking around are you able to perceive the concentric design revealed when you stand square in front of it. (No pun intended😆). Dimensions: 24” sq x 6” deep, wood, acrylic, stainless steel, pvc sheet.