This incredibly large flat leaf, with its jagged edges and holes, reminds me of a lily pad. The background rocks provide a nice contrast to the color and texture. Not knowing the size of the rocks makes it hard to understand the form's scale.
Jade plants have nice, fleshy green leaves. While the leaf shape is simple and regular, it is hard to replicate and still make the copies seem real. There is something unique about every form's direction, tilt, length, and roundness.
While bamboo is used for lumber, food, medicine, baskets, musical instruments and more, I'm inspired by its segments. I like the subtle flaring out and crease where the parts meet, and how those elements are repeated over and over.
These pansies reminded me of the chorus of pansies in Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Some botanical forms are so reminiscent of human forms that they are easily anthropomorphize. The little faces are so expressive.
Here's the sculpture I've just roughed out. I had been inspired by an photo of something microscopic (plant cell? fungi?) that looked like an eyeball with blood vessels. As I worked the flat, flowing river shapes became geometric ridges. This piece still needs some refinement.
The crocus, which were standing upright a few days ago, have had a rough time with the rain. Although a bit shriveled, they now have a richer color and more interesting texture. Some sculptures improve with a little weathering.
The innards of a bell pepper, namely seeds, are a jumble of smooth disk forms. They look like they could be made of plastic or marble or silicone. It's the ambiguous texture matched with the randomness of the directional placement that makes this an interesting sculpture.
This "Sumo" orange not only has an interesting overall shape, but also deep crevices. Looking at just the top third of the fruit, the image becomes a volcano. The crevices add to the sense that this a landscape.
See the "Paper Garden" article by Lisa Kinoshita on the Spaceworks Tacoma blog for some insights about my installation "Composites" now on display in the Woolworth Windows installation space on Broadway at 11th (click here for the article).
At first I was fascinated with the depth of the corona (cup). The filaments seem to come out of an infinite cave. But then I became interested in the depth of field of the receding petals and sepals. Depth makes sculptures more compelling to me.
Tulips come in many different sizes, shapes and colors. As they unfold their shape can change dramatically. The layered petals loosen and spiral out. To me, tulips are like a slow moving kinetic sculpture.
Yesterday I de-installed Re-Present (this image was taken on the inside looking out). The black curtain has come down (literally) and the individual sculptural components have been removed, leaving the space empty for the next Spaceworks Tacoma artist. Stay tune for my next installation, Composite, which I'll install next weekend.
Leaves floating just below the surface of the water remind me of the flora and fauna seen suspended in bits of amber. I sometimes wonder what my work would look like coated in a clear, thick permanent medium. No doubt it would make my sculptures waterproof and able to be displayed outdoors.