Sculpture No. 240_ Entangled (12-2016)
Silver Teapot and common household items with silk cloth is part to “Off The Table” series which is a body of work created through explosives and talks about morality and community as an entangled interaction in relationship to self, policy, and economic value, in acts conscious engagement of hope. Dispelling false Gods, materialism and underpinning unity, fun and joy as a basic human necessity and possibly mapped at the intersection of enlightenment.
This work sample is an explosive focus on numerous dimensions that are easily drawn from notions of “UNAMERICAN” and again looking at family and changes within the unit.
I feel it important to tell you a little about the background of this work selection. This series started as a performance, moved through video, into photography, and was completed as sculpture.
The sculpture is empowered by layers of metaphor and represents a social moral crisis we face as a country. The process has begun in the actions of shooting firearms at precious objects (silver settings) to intentionally create a forceful tear in the metal, exposing sharp edges and the interior of the object. The tears are difficult – showing the physicality some displaced people are living, separated from family and culture and being judged as objects. After, I assembled the shot silver piece by supporting it with common recycled objects that are the place setting to on a veritable table of visual dialog to be digested by the onlooker. The work intends to stimulate empathy and the hope of a silver lining ending.