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Juggernaut of Technology 24x48x6" $3,500.
Cruciform 40x48x7" $3,500.
Untitled One 42x48x7" $3,800.
Reaching for Space 24x38x7" $2,800.
Buttoned Up 28x48x9" $3,000.
Whatever 24x38x5" $2,850.
Off the Grid 32x54x9" $2,850.
Sweet Organic 32x42x7" $3,000.
Orange Screen 32x42x9" $2,500.
Zap 40x48x9" $3,500.
Silver Shadow 28x24x4" $1,500.
Orbit 22x26x5" $1,850.
Circled 53x54x5" $3,000.
Horizon 28x48x4" $2,800.
Party 28x48x7" $3,000.
Creativity 24x40x7" $2,800.
After thirty years of sculpting figurative work in ceramic clay, I found myself intrigued with a totally new artistic challenge: creating large, 3-dimensional abstract paintings or colorful wall sculptures from recycled industrial patterns.
My father and brother were patternmakers, sometimes called modelmakers. Patternmakers make models in wood which are used by mold makers at foundries to form a cavity in sand into which molten metal is poured to form a casting. Most metal products we use originated with a wood pattern - think of anything from metal lamp bases and cooking pots to auto engines, airplanes, and space rocket parts. After the metal casting is made the wood pattern is no longer needed.
I find the wood patterns visually interesting and representative of so much human thought and endeavor that I hate to discard them. So I created a new and different art form - assemblages of wood patterns on plywood bases which become wall-hanging, low-relief sculptures. I call them "wood assemblages."
I strip the wood patterns of their original finishes, attach them to a background board with a hanging system, and paint them. The photos above show several of these wood assemblages, compositions which may contain from one to fifteen wood patterns.
I am happy to be recycling these once useful parts of the manufacturing process into an exciting group of artworks, each totally unique in composition, color and feeling.