2008 is a significant year as it was the beginning of carving outdoors around Philadelphia. For me the ability to create in the energy of outdoors has become a major factor in my art.
The first work I created was "powerless".
Carved from a single piece of 4" thick X 6" wide mahogany this work was a direct reflection of emotions I was going through. Falling out of love, hopeful, missing love, wondering and feeling powerless.
Every time I create a work my intentions are to take what I have learned from the previous and surpass it. powerless was a challenging work.
powerless would be the second carved hand following the 2006 sculpture based cutting board "A New Beginning."
It was important to be as realistic in the carving as possible from the veins to the pinch between the thumb and index finger.
The nail driven into the vein an bending from being pulled represented the yearning for pulse. The string holding onto the slightest amount of hope while the fingers gesture to the self "you will be ok" while also the symbolically saying to a person "yeah sure" I don't believe you.
I then created the envelope piece called self portrait.
I used Ambroisia Maple for this work which is known for it's streaks in the wood left behind by the ambrosia beetle burrowing through the wood. Using it would give every envelope a uniqueness.
The "self portrait" in envelope form represents a life of experiences pilled up in sculptural form.
This piece was the first time I started carving around Philadelphia. I sculpted/detailed every envelope in the Azelea garden behind the art museum.
I continued the theme of carved envelopes with Time
The envelope represented the self and black sand the journey that is spilling out.
The final envelope piece was "buttons"
"buttons" is a piece reflective of my Nan who was my last living grandparent at the time and someone I was very close to. She was very sick at the time. Buttons represented to me mending, fixing and bringing together.