Saturday, January 30, 2010
Stainless steel, fireproof blanket, steel, leather, bronze slag, cast iron. 80” x 36” x 32”
This is a physical representation of the artist’s aura. The reflective stainless steel, which provides the structure of the basic form, is reflective of light. This will light up with the flames and glow of molten metal during an iron pour. It will look as though it is made up of fire, similar to the wrathful Buddha, Heruka, depicted in Vajrayana Buddhist art. The inside is lined with fireproof blanket, which references Joseph Beuys’s use of felt and the artist’s welding career, but it is functional as well as thematic because it provides some protection from the stainless steel that may get hot while casting iron. This blanket material will also be light and fluffy looking so that it will simultaneously reference the compassionate side of the artist/Buddha that are usually depicted floating in the sky upon clouds.