2005 was a continuation of using single wide mahogany boards to create descriptive works that were based off of poems I wrote.
They were minimalistic pieces due to lack of tools but I also saw the opportunity to use the boards to mount objects to. I saw this as a huge advantage versus someone who creates on canvas.
The first three works feature the four tiered "E" that I was using a lot at the time.
I haven't revisited the concept of inclusion of objects into carvings but often think about it and want to. (maybe soon!)
The first work created that year was When She Sleep.
The work features a crudely drawn female torso with a copper bowl for the breast. It also features a wisdom tooth that has been consumed and the words LOVE and LIAR coexisting. The work is thematically about someone lying through their teeth.
Looking back on this work I really love the amount of texture and patterns I was able to create out of such a small amount of carving.
It is punk. It is tough but still beautiful.
The next work was WORTH. Another very crude punk piece featuring a female torso with an outline of a 3d cube for head, resin cast money in stomach, string and nails blurring reality and the phrase "ARE YOU AS" scratched into the paint.
The piece questions true reality versus false.
The third piece is DELICATE SCIENCE and deals with lust for power and beauty.
I chose to combine the image of Hitler to represent lust for power, Monroe for lust for beauty while using the most recognizable piece of art of the 20th century as the basis for the work in Warhol's Monroe.
The open windows represent a cycle. The seeds : the inception/ torn newspaper : the spreading of information and dead poppies : the end that hold the beginning.
The bottom of the work is inscribed :
I closed my eyes for only a second
the slowest second
for it was where I existed
and shall never exist again.
The last wall piece I created in 2005 was SHE IS OF MAPS
A very simple piece, I loved the interplay of the painted black surface softly rippling with gouge marks and simple line carving showing the natural mahogany.
The piece represents the complexity of what makes us all unique to ourselves featuring clues that have been resin cast.