sculpture, etc. > medium-sized reconstructions (2016-2015)

Wood and Mixed Media Sculpture
(Landscape) Tool with Semi-Functional Appendages
wood and mixed media
2015

These sculptures are outgrowths of my Renovated Flightless Devices series and play off the forms and function of tools, toys, boats, and, perhaps, military equipment. The works are somewhat vessel-oriented and have layers of drawing and painting that contribute to the building of a vague "history". The objects take a winding path to completion, evolving from continuously redrawn sketches and traveling through many transformations before being cut apart, reassembled, and reworked. Through this method of construction and reconstruction, I am able to intuitively build and then, at a later time, make necessary changes. Many of the recently completed things pictured here evolved for nearly a decade.

Curious inspection and patient observation reveal previously unseen drawings and room-like interiors, many with small chairs and ladders “left over” from previous inhabitants. These things have handles, openings, drawn symbols, and moveable parts, but like the mystery of a ritual object from a broken-down culture, the physical or metaphorical functions are left to the imagination. In an increasingly commercialized, displaced society, I’m attempting to build slow, somewhat clumsy, objects that reveal a layered history.