Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mar 31, 2011 Big

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mar 30, 2011 Fleshy

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.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mar 27, 2011 Segments

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mar 26, 2011 Faces

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mar 21, 2011 Step Off

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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mar 20, 2011 Shriveled

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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mar 19, 2011 Innards

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.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mar 18, 2011 Landscape

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mar 13, 2011 Article

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).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mar 12, 2011 Sneak Peek

Today I put up my installation, "Composites," at 11th & Broadway's Woolworth Windows as part of Spaceworks Tacoma. More info on it tomorrow.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mar 11, 2011 Almost There

'Getting close to being done with this sculpture. I still need to smooth out the last layer and give it a final sealing coat. Next week I hope to start a new sculpture inspired by fungi.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mar 9, 2011 Depth

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.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mar 7, 2011 Kinetic

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.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mar 6 Down & Out

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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mar 1, 2011 Suspended

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.