Sunday, January 31, 2010
Iron and Walnut, 21” x 10” x 8”
The word, “Residue” captured my attention when reading the description for this show. When thinking about this word and the process of casting iron, the residual effects on my body came to mind. The fumes from iron pours have become more of a concern to me especially when foam is vaporized, as it is in this sculpture. Outside of the effects that vapo-casting has on me, there is also the residue left on the environment. These two concerns highlight the irony and possible hypocrisy of my casting forms like this.
This is a direct reference to “Scholars’ Rocks.” This is a Chinese tradition that dates back to literati artists of the Song Dynasty who select these stones as, “Objects of Aesthetic Contemplation.” They have ties to religion, meditation, and are intended to show reverence for nature. I also intend to make objects that show reverence for nature and have contemplative aspects. The irony stems from the fact that to make this intended compliment towards nature and natural processes, I use a process that potentially harmful to myself and to the environment.