Monday, December 31, 2012

Hoarding in progress

Hoard (in progress)
90x70 oil 2012

This one is closely related to Closets. The challenge is to not over-control it, allowing a surrealistic openness to shapes. The house is a container for hoarded objects. Are these objects only inanimate things, or  are they memories--or beings and activities? 

Hoarding or collecting is a kind of organization and stratification; the most wonton hoarder at least organizes through the layers (things on top of other things--strata.) The house rests on its basement, which merges with the earthy or geological stratum below.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


90x70cm, oil on canvas, 2012 

Southern Oregon Coast

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cups in progress

Moon Cup

Height: 10cm

Craters upon craters. Think back to the asteroid that hit near Yucatan 65 million years ago. That whacked the climate out of shape for thousands of years after the initial days of the apocalypse, which saw temperatures rise to red hot, hotter than the glow within a pottery kiln. (Killed off the dinosaurs, giving us mammals a chance; little rodents lay in burrows, weathering the extreme oven on the surface.) This fateful crater cannot be seen today on Earth, but had it hit the moon it would still look fresh. Earth's atmosphere and geology erases traces of craters, but on the moon it seems the only thing that disturbs a given crater is another crater.


Height: 10cm This is inspired by the terraced walls in Peru, whose style of jointing and pointing has caused such wonder and speculation. Sacsahuaman's cyclopian blocks, weighing tons each, were carved so as to fit together perfectly, joints paper-thin. 

 Brain Cup

Height: 12cm