The first work I completed in 2009 was Some Days I Own the World and Some Days the World Owns Me, basically a self portrait in begging dog form.
I designed him to be a hybrid animal mixing a Chihuahua with the Chupacabra or as I called him a Chupachihuahua
One of the features I love about this piece are the deep black ebony eyes I turned on the lathe.
The next piece was I wish you were here with me (right now)
This work is a deep contemplative/introspective work.
One of the unexpected details of the finished work was the glass in the bottom as the piece fell off the wall just after being completed crashing through the glass top on insecTABLE. I felt it added to the theme an overall work so left the pieces that found their way into the box.
The next two works were inspired by the decorative lawn ornaments of pink flamingos.
As I saw the typical plastic pink flamingos as representing the perfect American dream life these were meant to represent the opposite.
The first one was Triumphant.
It was carved out of mahogany, painted and scribed with a poem that I wrote. I purposely broke it and repaired it poorly to show the state out disrepair in America.
The second work was Falling in love is easy.
This work featured the flamingo painted in the classic pink color, purposely broken, poorly repaired with an attempt to create a new identity by painting over the pink coat.
The next piece was a cabinet titled I'm Sorry I Won't Do it Again.
I saw a call for entries for cabinets for Lark books 500 series. I wanted to make an unusual cabinet and well at the time at work there was some practical joking going on involving balloon popping and the phrase "i'm sorry I won't do it again" so paid homage it.
It was a very fun piece to create turning a large block of maple on the lathe, hand carving the knot and adding the razor blade pull to create a little danger.
The piece was accepted into the exhibition and was super excited to find out it would be located in the gallery section.
I enjoyed creating the balloon so much that I followed it up with You're All Talk.
The next piece made was you'll be ok boy.
This work was created after a poor pigeon I saw deceased in the street combining carving and found objects.
The last piece was hand and pail
This piece is based off of one of my favorite quotes "As I walk the universe walks with me." - Navajo Native American.
The hand and pail represent carrying the universe.