Work in Progress

For the past few months I have been working on slip casting some urchin forms.   In preparation for my exhibition in the fall, I have started producing a new body of work.  The conceptual underpinnings of this work follows a logical trajectory from my previous practice, creating naturally inspired objects.  The current manifestation involves casting consumer objects that are replicas of nature.  In this piece, I found a porcelain urchin at an interior design store and cast that.  So in a sense, these objects are facsimiles of facsimiles of nature.

The steel armature for the piece

The steel armature for the piece

The pods fit on to the steel structure

The pods fit on to the steel structure

The pods are bolted so they fit on the upper part of each rod.

The pods are bolted so they fit on the upper part of each rod.

Black urchin

I bought the insides for the flowers from a fancy kitchen store, they are supposed to be cherry blossom bottle stoppers.  They fit perfectly over the steel rods, and they fit with the idea of using consumer objects that have been manufactured to look like nature.