29" length 22" width 28" height
Materials: 14 gauge steel, pickle juice patina, digital prints on beverage cans, assorted wire and beads, crocheted newspaper.
Small but Mighty 16" height x 27" length x 20" width
Materials- Assorted gauge and color wire, digital print on metal mesh-paper and tyvek, pennies, bottle caps, beads, gilders paste
This is the eighth piece in my "They Remain" series honoring the Granite Mountain Hotshots. To see where the series started go to this url. Last week was the third anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire where 19 of the 20 Prescott Hotshots lost their lives. With eight pieces finished—three in various stages of finishing—then nine left after those—I am looking forward to finding a place to show the work. Once the sculptures are available and sold I will be donating half of what I make to Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters.
A few months ago the sole survivor—Brendan McDonough wrote a book -"My Lost Brothers". This is his story about what happened that day and is a compelling read. It's available on Amazon if you click the link on the title just above it will take you to more information on the book.
So stay tuned for more artwork from "They Remain".
Banded Together 36" height x 48" length x 31" depth Materials: 14 gauge steel, assorted gauge wire, beverage can pop tops, bottle caps, rivets, bicycle chain parts
As with any new sculpture I start with some kind of idea to get me cutting and forming my steel. It's how I warm up to create. For "Banded Together" the shapes of circles started to unfold in my mind, but I had no idea where I was going with this shape. After a few days it hit me that this needed to be twenty circles welded in a chain. This would represent the connection of the 20 team members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
32" x 22" x 27" Materials
14 and 15 gauge steel, heat patinas, pickle juice stain, assorted gauge and color wire, bicycle chain parts, copper, digital image transfers, digital prints on beverage cans, copper mesh.
As the series continues to it's 20 pieces each sculpture shows me how to stay out of any preconceived ideas. Staying open and feeling more where the steel wants to go than for me to try to lead the steel. The art creates itself — I just facilitate and get out of the way. It is an incredibly freeing way to work.