Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Raven & The Sun
I've been preparing for a 2 person show in Milan that opens in September. I'm very excited about this show and hope to be there for the opening. I love folklore and myths. I wanted to make something for Milan that reflected a bit of where I live and what I love. Seattle is a small city, but one rich with cultural diversity and heritage, especially Native American traditions. This piece is based on the Native American myth of how the Raven stole the Sun and gave light to the world.
Raven & The Sun 2012
carved carpenters pencil (wood and graphite)
5 1/2"H x 5/8"W x 1/4"D (14cm x 1.6cm x .6cm)
Galleria Patricia Armocida
via Lattanzio n°77, 20137 - Milano
The raven's beak and round bead is carved from graphite, the rest of the bird is carved from the pencil's wood. When I carve graphite everything I touch turns black from the dust. I thought I'd use this to my advantage and coated the bird's body with graphite shaving. I love how shiny and reflective this surface is, almost like a Raven's feather.
I feel I have to give a shout-out to one of my favorite folk artist, Dalton Ghetti. I'm a great admirer of his work and the fact that he's self taught. It's difficult to work in such parallel to another artist and not feel self-conscious. I try to make work that is true to the self and reflect my perspective. I feel as an artist you need to put blinders on sometimes and "just do it". Don't think too much or else you'll shatter those fragile ideas, especially in the initial stages. I hope I've brought something new to the pencil carving world.
I almost had a show with Dalton Ghetti last year in San Jose, but the timing wasn't right. Such a shame, I hope our paths cross one day! Maybe we can swap Exacto injury stories. LOL