The process I use is akin to found object sculpting—finding things and putting them together in interesting ways. The only difference is that I make my own objects rather than finding them. These objects are beat up forms made from wax. The process begins with glossy sheets of wax, which I break up, assemble, disassemble, drip wax on, scratch, and otherwise abuse. Using a torch, a soldering iron, and tools, I combine these pieces in to 3-D forms that are interesting in their own right. Then, working from the resulting “bone pile” of these odd forms, I assemble pieces that reference the human form.
If a piece feels too familiar or the references too obvious, I will often disassemble it and try to use the same parts in a different way, perhaps using the torso as the head (with the addition of eyes, etc.) or the legs as arms. I think I’ve come to appreciate novelty as much as I appreciate any particular aesthetic. In the end, though, I do hope people enjoy my art for its aesthetic qualities. Because I have many other serious pursuits, I don’t create a lot of art. So each piece is dear to me, as I hope they all will be to you.
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