"Nest" - 2016
Epoxy Clay - Self Portrait
This was an interesting piece to shoot. I placed the finished sculpture on a large mirror bed on top of my kitchen table with a gray photo cyc behind it. I then covered the mirrored surface with a very thin level of water. It was meant to represent the overwhelmingness that comes with the worlds expectations of you. I felt that the piece should feel like it was drowning in a vast sea of emptiness yet at the same time drowning in itself. There is a melancholy acceptance of death in the expression of the eyes. Having the suffix of III after my name, I wanted to depict myself, my father, and grandfather as birds being born into an artificially golden nest yet at the same time fading away right from the start. I normally don't publicize any explanations or meanings behind these pieces but thought this was an interesting one to share. Also after shooting this, the water spilled all over my kitchen and made a huge mess, but at least the photo was captured!
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In September, I sent over an email to Handsome Devils Puppets inquiring on the creation of a character that has always held a special place in my heart. I have always, always had a strong attachment to Tim Burton’s magical mind and films... and Edward Scissorhands has always pulled on my heart strings. I made a special trip to Toronto back in 2010 to visit the MOMA for the amazing Tim Burton Exhibition which was truly breathtaking. They had Edward’s original outfit enclosed in a glass curio and I would have taken millions of photographs if it wasn’t for security standing at every corner of the room prohibiting photography. Edward’s character has felt so perfectly pure to me. He has an incomplete shell but such a complete heart, sadly coming face to face with the recking ball of society’s chaos. This aspect draws me even closer to him, as I myself resonate with the dislike of society’s sometimes destructive behaviors, whether it be jealousy, impatience, selfish expectations, lack of honesty, suffocating standards, etc.... Edward encompasses such a genuine soul 🖤 When Han graciously accepted my inquiry, you better believe I was beaming with excitement! She is such an amazing human being with extraordinary talents beyond what I can describe in words. I feel so blessed to have received this perfect little creation, and I’m so excited to find him the perfect little place in my home to treasure him forever.
Looking at my dress shirts I realize that even though tomorrow is Monday I wont be going to work. It’s weird thinking that all week I won’t have to dress up unless I get an interview. #unemployed#sad#meloncholy#blah